Femi Oluwole reveals he nearly backed Brexit

PUBLISHED: 16:43 28 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:53 28 November 2019

Femi Oluwole of our Future Our Choice. Photograph: OFOC.

Femi Oluwole of our Future Our Choice. Photograph: OFOC.

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The anti-Brexit campaigner has revealed to a British newspaper that his support for the Remain campaign was almost turned during the 2016 European Union referendum.

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Oluwole's told the Express support was almost swayed by the big red bus claiming that an extra £350 million could be spent on the NHS.

Asked about which argument had him sway in his conviction, Oluwole said: "If you go back to 2016 - the bus. I always say that bus nearly floored me.

"I studied EU law in two universities, two different languages and even me, seeing what we send - £350 million a week - to the EU had me think 'wait, hang on, am I even on the right side?'

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"That argument, because it went straight to the heart of one thing the British people really care about, was quite convincing."

Despite a rebuking from the then chair of the statistics authority, Johnson continued to make the claim that EU membership cost £350 million a week and that it could be better spent on the NHS.

After becoming prime minister he downgraded that figure to £250 million a week, but he claimed if we stayed in the EU we would pay even more.

Even the £250m figure - which works out at 30p per person per day - does not take into account the billions each year the UK receives back through schemes to fund poorer areas and farmers.

A court case even tried to get the prime minister and former foreign secretary imprisoned for telling lies about the true cost, but a judge threw the case out arguing it was not something for the courts to decide.

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