Saturday, 16 April 2016

InFacts| No Health Surplus: Brexit wouldn’t yield billions for NHS

InFacts| No Health Surplus: Brexit wouldn’t yield billions for NHS

by Sam Ashworth-Hayes

"Stuart acknowledged the EU sends money back to the UK, but Vote Leave has repeatedly argued that the EU tells us how to spend that money, which precludes it going on our priorities – things like the NHS.

The problem is that the EU’s priorities also appear to be Vote Leave’s priorities. The EU subsidises farmers and Vote Leave wants to maintain this spending. The EU funds our research and universities. Vote Leave wants to increase funding for science.

That leaves only one other substantial category of EU money to raid: EU funds for UK regions, including funding for poor and disadvantaged regions. Perhaps Vote Leave intend to fund the NHS by diverting funds currently destined for Wales and Northern Ireland."

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