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A post-Brexit wind­fall pre­dicted by pro-Leave econ­o­mists should be used to boost the NHS by an ex­tra £350mil­lion a week, prom­i­nent Tory MP Ja­cob Rees-Mogg has said.

Launch­ing a re­port by the Econ­o­mists for Free Trade (EFT) group, Mr Rees-Mogg said he had not pre­vi­ously sup­ported the health ser­vice pledge made by Leave cam­paign­ers dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum, but thought it was now es­sen­tial to hon­our it.

With the EFT study pre­dict­ing a £135bil­lion boost for the UK af­ter with­drawal, the Tory MP called for a rad­i­cal re­duc­tion in im­port tar­iffs to make ba­sic items cheaper.

He said: “What I’m sug­gest­ing is that we have more money for the NHS, and that we have cheaper prices for food, cloth­ing and footwear for the poor­est in so­ci­ety.”

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