Boris Johnson Repeats £350m For The NHS Claim In Telegraph Column

Boris Johnson has unveiled his vision for a thriving post Brexit Britain
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Boris Johnson has unveiled his vision for a thriving post Brexit Britain Credit Ben Stansall AFP

He said Brexit would put the Britons' destiny back into their own hands, allowing them to make the United Kingdom the most "glorious" country on in the world.

Labour's Chuka Umunna, leading supporter of Open Britain, which is campaigning for continued single market membership, said: 'Boris Johnson had a chance to vote to deliver the £350 million extra a week for the NHS in February, and he refused to do so. He had planned to set out his Brexit vision in a major speech but. In his article in Saturday's Telegraph, Mr Johnson argues it would be a "fine thing" for money clawed back from Brussels to be directed to the health service "once we have settled our accounts".

"Our systems of standards will remain absolutely flush with the rest of the European Union", he said, but when addressing the housing shortage he added: "There may be ways of simplifying planning procedures, post-Brexit, and abbreviating impact assessments, without in any way compromising the environment".

But today he said: "This country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily".

Johnson said the European Union's plan "to construct what is effectively a single polity out of 27 countries" - set out in some detail by the President of the European Commission recently - "is simply not for Britain".

On immigration, the Foreign Secretary said businesses "will no longer be able to use immigration as an excuse not to invest in the young people of this country" but will be able to access skills they need.

In the weeks following the result, Mr Johnson and other campaigners, appeared to distance themselves from the promise. "We should seize the opportunity of Brexit to reform our tax system", he said, giving the example of cutting VAT on tampons.

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"We would not expect to pay for access to their markets any more than they would expect to pay for access to ours", he said.

The foreign secretary also attacked those who tried to prevent the leave vote, naming "the government, the BBC, Barack Obama, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the CBI [Confederation of British Industry], every major political party and much of the media".

British business leaders urged Prime Minister Theresa May to seek a three-year transitional period after Brexit, warning failure to secure more time would jeopardize "our collective prosperity".

Critics warned there is "absolutely no chance" of the £350 million pledge being delivered and said Mr Johnson couldn't be trusted.

"In the process he has exposed the Tories" real Brexit agenda - a race-to-the-bottom in regulation and corporate tax cuts to benefit the wealthy few at the expense of the rights of the rest of us'. No one can trust a word he says.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose opposition party fared well in the general election, said through a spokesman that Johnson's Brexit views exposed the deep rifts within May's Conservative government.

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