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Nathan Gill: 'I don't know anything' about £350m NHS pledge

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UKIP's leader in Wales says he 'doesn't know anything' about Vote Leave's £350m-a-week pledge for the NHS - now branded a 'mistake' by Nigel Farage.

When asked about the pledge, Nathan Gill said: "I never made that promise. I don't know anything about it".

The Vote Leave campaign - supported by UKIP - had called to spend millions of pounds earmarked for the European Union on the UK's struggling health service.

Slogans adorned the Vote Leave battle bus and posters, including: 'We send the EU £350 million a week, let's fund our NHS instead' and 'Let's give our NHS the £350 million the EU takes every week'.

But the figure has twice been described as misleading by the UK's statistics watchdog, because it referred only to the UK's £19 billion gross annual contribution and did not take into account Britain's rebate or money that comes back from the EU.

The Vote Leave campaign bus with the £350m slogan. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Leading Vote Leave campaigner Boris Johnson MP with the NHS pledge pictured behind him. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

When pressed further, Mr Gill told ITV News that while UKIP had affiliated itself with the Vote Leave campaign, any decision regarding the money was "up to the Government and the new Prime Minister".

He added: "That money is fantastic, because we can use it for whatever it is that the Government decides we're going to use it for."

Watch the interview with Nathan Gill here:

Gill's comments come after UKIP leader Nigel Farage admitted in a live interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain that the official Leave campaign had made a "mistake" in its promise to pour £350 million a week into the NHS if Britain backed a Brexit vote.

Presenter Susanna Reid asked Mr Farage: "The £350 million a week we send to the EU every week, which we will no longer send to the EU - can you guarantee that will go to the NHS?"

Farage replied: "No I can't, and I would never have made that claim. It was one of the mistakes the Leave campaign made."

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Susanna asked: "So you're saying that after 17 million people have voted for Leave, I don't know how many people have voted based on that advert but that was a huge part of the propaganda - you're now saying that's a mistake?"

Farage answered: "We have a £10b-a-year, £34-million-a-week featherbed - that will be free money that we can spend on the NHS, on schools, on whatever it is".

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