Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“But we have used our Brexit dividend to get the NHS *more than a £1 billion* more every single week than it had before Brexit”

Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for Business and Trade, X Post

Facts

Kemi Badenoch claimed in an X post that “we have used our Brexit dividend to get the NHS *more than a £1 billion* more every single week than it had before Brexit.”

While the NHS budget has increased significantly, this increase, as Mark Dayan notes in UK in a Changing Europe, “owed nothing to diverting savings from leaving the EU (though it may have owed something to Brexit’s political ramifications). … spending has had to come from taxes, borrowing and squeezing other departments.”

“Although this may seem like a significant boost in funding, the NHS budget is so vast that this is actually far from an unusual rate of increase, and in fact barely kept pace with a growing and ageing population.” 

“The service remains strapped for cash, and through much of this period invested a strikingly low amount in equipment and buildings compared to other systems globally.”

A January 2024 report published by the Centre for European Reform concluded that “the missed growth in goods and services trade account for about a £23 billion quarterly hit to UK exports, which is consistent with a GDP reduction of 4-5 per cent compared to a Britain that had remained.”

Facts

Badenoch has misled her 162,000 X followers. At the time of writing [23/05/2024], the misleading post remains online. 

We emailed Kemi Badenoch’s parliamentary office offering her the chance to respond. We appreciate her response, which we have included in full below.

“We do not consider anything in that post to be misleading. As you freely admit, there has been a significant boost in NHS funding, and this has occurred since Brexit. Therefore the post is accurate.”

Published 28 Jun 2024
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