GENEVA (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stated on Monday that government plans for a lift to spending on the state-run National Health Service (NHS) would come partially from financial savings generated by leaving the European Union.
Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Sunday to extend funding for the NHS by 20 billion kilos ($26.57 billion) after Brexit, although critics say the plans lack element.
Johnson, who was visiting Geneva to handle the U.N. Human Rights Council, dismissed the concept many individuals thought counting on a “Brexit dividend” was nonsense.
“The important point is that you can only afford to fund the NHS well if you have a strong vibrant and dynamic economy where the government is focussed on enterprise and growth, so that’s why I think we’re able to do it,” he instructed reporters.
“And the second thing is, I think, as the PM (Prime Minister Theresa May) rightly said, it’s a downpayment on future receipts that will come to this country — come to the UK — as a result of discontinuing payments to Brussels.”
He declined to touch upon whether or not funds cuts would must be made in different areas of government or whether or not taxes would want to go up.
Britain is because of go away the EU on March 29, 2019, although it’s negotiating transitional preparations to melt the financial and authorized influence of withdrawal from a membership it joined greater than 4 a long time in the past.
May’s Brexit plans face rejection by parliament’s higher chamber, the House of Lords, on Monday, setting the stage for a high-stakes confrontation with insurgent lawmakers later within the week which might rock her minority Conservative government.
Asked whether or not the government might fall if it loses the vote, Johnson struck an optimistic notice.
“We are absolutely confident that we will deliver a Brexit deal that will… be good for the UK, good for our European friends and partners. We’re going to get on and do it,” he stated.
He declared it a “tonic” to be in Geneva, the home of the World Trade Organisation, the place he stated different nations had been enthusiastic for Britain to return to its place as a campaigner without spending a dime commerce.
Reporting by Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Gareth Jones