LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge a money increase to the National Health Service, to be funded partly from tax hikes and partly from cash that may not be going to the European Union after Brexit, newspapers reported on Saturday.
May will pledge to extend the NHS finances by 20 billion kilos a 12 months, or 384 million kilos every week, after Brexit, based on front-page experiences within the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and Observer, which have been revealed late on Saturday.
The announcement, timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, which delivers care at no cost to everybody dwelling in Britain, goals to foster unity within the government and the nation after two years of bitter divisions over Brexit, the experiences stated.
An official spokeswoman from May’s Number 10 Downing Street stated she didn’t have the small print obtainable. She stated the experiences have been the results of unofficial briefings by “spads,” or particular advisers.
Downing Street had earlier stated May would ship a speech concerning the NHS on Monday, giving no additional particulars. Spads are identified to typically temporary the content material of speeches to newspapers forward of time for their very own functions.
The NHS finances enhance was anticipated to happen over 5 years, reaching the complete quantity in 2023/24, the newspapers stated.
Britain’s official exit date from the European Union is March 29, 2019.
During the 2016 referendum marketing campaign on EU membership, the pro-Brexit camp claimed that Britain was sending 350 million kilos every week to the EU and will spend that cash on the NHS as an alternative.
The declare was controversial as a result of the determine of 350 million kilos didn’t keep in mind Britain’s sizeable rebate or the funds that have been flowing again from the EU to Britain, so it was extensively seen as overstating Britain’s contribution to the bloc.
The newspapers stated the 384-million-a-week pledge was politically important from May – who campaigned towards Brexit in 2016 and has been below stress from hardline Brexiteers ever since to show her conversion to the trigger – as a result of it went above and past 350 million.
Jeremy Hunt, the well being minister who additionally campaigned for Britain to stay within the EU, was quoted by the Sunday Telegraph as saying that the brand new pledge “can now unite us all.”
The newspaper stated the exact particulars of how the spending enhance can be funded can be disclosed in a future government finances.
Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Marguerita Choy