NHS must get £350m ‘prom­ise’ – Rees-Mogg

Daily Express - - NEWS - By David Mad­dox Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent

BRI­TAIN’S Brexit bonus means the Gov­ern­ment will be able to eas­ily give the NHS an ex­tra £350mil­lion a week, a se­nior Tory MP has said.

Ja­cob Rees-Mogg, a po­ten­tial fu­ture leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, told a con­fer­ence the UK will ben­e­fit from a £135bil­lion wind­fall as taxes are slashed and trade bar­ri­ers brought down.

And he said ex­tra cash for the health ser­vice should ini­tially come from funds min­is­ters are con­sid­er­ing giv­ing the EU as part of a di­vorce bill.

The North East Som­er­set MP said “a prom­ise was made” to vot­ers on the side of a Vote Leave cam­paign bus dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum that leav­ing the EU would save £350mil­lion a week, which could be pumped into the health ser­vice.

Duty

Mr Rees-Mogg said it meant the Gov­ern­ment has a duty to ful­fil this per­ceived prom­ise. Speak­ing at the Econ­o­mists for Free Trade pre­sen­ta­tion in London, he said: “Politi­cians can­not hide be­hind the small print like some dis­rep­utable busi­nesses do, but recog­nise that the com­mit­ment is ac­cepted in broad terms not in pet­ti­fog­ging de­tail.

“We promised £350mil­lion for the NHS so we must de­liver it.”

He added: “This puts pres­sure on the Gov­ern­ment not to spend too much on spec­u­la­tive EU com­mit­ments and it is the cru­cial re­minder that any money paid out to the EU is money that can­not be spent on do­mes­tic pri­or­i­ties.”

He said next week’s Bud­get should in­clude a £2.5bil­lion Brexit war chest, par­tic­u­larly if there is “no deal” and the UK re­lies on World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion rules.

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