One of the big issues leading up to Britain's vote on whether to remain in the European Union surrounded the country's National Health Service, a system that gives health care to all but is often plagued funding and staffing problems.
While the “Remain” camp warned that a "Brexit" could result in an NHS staffing crisis and that aftershocks on the economy would reduce funding for healthcare, the “Leave” campaign assured people that a Brexit could save the NHS by redirecting funding from the EU budget and cutting immigration to reduce pressure on services.
However, when asked just an hour after the pro-Brexit results on ITV’s "Good Morning Britain" whether he would guarantee that the money pledged for the health service during the campaign would now be spent on it, the leader of the euroskeptic U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) said he had never made any such pledge.
When reminded that “Vote Leave” inscribed the £350 million ($485 million) claim onto the side of a tour bus and drove it around the country, Farage said, “It wasn’t one of my adverts — I can assure you! I think they made a mistake in doing that.
“We have a £10 billion, £34 million a day featherbed that is going to be free money that we can spend on the NHS, on schools, on whatever it is.”
This came just hours after his 4 a.m. victory speech to his supporters.
“Dare to dream,” he said, “that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”
Needless to say, people aren’t really happy about the UKIP leader’s T-turn:
Not yet 7am & Nigel Farage has said the '£350m from the EU to the NHS' - a key referendum pledge - was a 'mistake' & can't be guaranteed...— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) June 24, 2016
.@Nigel_Farage you're a total wasteman— Chai Cameron (@MyNamesChai) June 24, 2016
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