Yesterday, 17 million Brits voted on a referendum to leave the European Union after a decades-old alliance.
One of the chief architects of the #Leave movement was Nigel Farage, a British politician and head of the UK Independence Party. Farage has long championed the so-called Brexit, and triumphantly spoke to supporters after the vote saying, “Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”
Hours later however, Farage sang a bit of a different tune.
ITV’s Susanna Reid cornered Farage directly on the morning show Good Morning Britain alongside her cohost Piers Morgan. “The 350 million pounds a week we send to the EU, which we will no longer send to the EU, can you guarantee that’s going to go to the NHS?” pressed Reid (the National Health Service is a public healthcare system in Britain, and the 350 pounds figure equates to about 481 million USD).
And now, on the precipice of world history having just raised the bright flag of victory, Farage began his backtrack. “No I can’t, and I never would have made that claim,” he responded. “One of the mistakes that the Leave campaign made…” he continued before being shut down by Reid.
“That was one of the Leave campaign adverts! That that money was going to go to NHS! That’s why people — many people — voted!” she said incredulously.
“They made a mistake in doing that,” admitted Farage. Although the idea that all of the 350 million pounds would be able to be redirected back into the NHS, the pro-Leave claim has its doubters.
Reid continued hammering Farage on ITV:
You’re saying after 17 million people have voted for Leave, based — I don’t know how many people voted on the basis of that advert, but that was a huge part of the propaganda — you’re now saying that’s a mistake?
“You must understand, I was ostracized by the official Leave campaign,” replied Farage weakly.
“Do you think there are other things people are going to wake up this morning and find out aren’t going to happen as a result of voting this way?” Reid shot back.
To put this in perspective for our domestic readers, this is the equivalent of Donald Trump winning the Presidency off of his lofty ambitions and right-wing rhetoric, only to admit the very next morning that he can’t actually deliver on the things he promised. The real estate mogul this morning praised the referendum vote, Tweeting out, “Self-determination is the sacred right of all free people’s, and the people of the UK have exercised that right for all the world to see.” And just like with the pre-vote Brexit strategies, many critics of Trump’s here in the US have indicated that his most sensational claims simply can not happen.
Watch the above clip via ITV.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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