There are lies, damned lies and Boris Johnson’s weasel sums.
By no honest calculation can Britain’s net payment to the European Union be estimated as £350m a week. Nigel Farage admits it. So does the Daily Mail.
Even Johnson admits it. In his “glorious Brexit” essay in the Daily Telegraph last Friday the foreign secretary said that we would “take back control” of roughly £350m a week when we leave the EU.
Imagine, as is in fact roughly true, that we send £350 million a week off and half of that is spent back upon us. Leaving means that sure, our net position is half of the £350 million. But our control is over how the whole £350 million is spent now, isn’t it? Instead of the EU controlling how half of it is spent.