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Boris Johnson Accused Of Repeating ‘Lies’ About Brexit And NHS In New Year Message

On Monday, Phil Hogan, the EU trade commissioner, predicted Mr Johnson will be forced to abandon his “stunt” of refusing to extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond 2020, because no trade deal will be ready.

Boris Johnson has been accused of retelling his election “lies” about Brexit and the NHS in a new year message pledging to end the “rancour and uncertainty” of 2019.

The prime minister came under fire for insisting he was poised to begin cooking his “oven-ready” deal for leaving the EU – a day after Brussels predicted he would be forced into yet another U-turn.

Mr Johnson also reheated previously demolished claims that the NHS is about to enjoy “a record funding settlement”, with 40 new hospitals and 50,000 more nurses.

The message was issued as the prime minister enjoyed a luxury break on the Caribbean paradise of Mustique, staying in a reputed £40,000-a-week villa with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

“Boris Johnson’s new year’s resolution should have been to stop telling porkie pies, but his new year’s message sadly just repeats the many lies he peddled in the election,” said Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrats’ interim leader.

“Worst of all, he repeats his proven lies on nurses and hospitals, just as his policy of a nurses’ tax will make the staffing crisis in the NHS even more serious.

[td_smart_list_end]“If the prime minister really wants to unite the country, he has to learn how to tell the truth – and then, for example, lead a grown-up public debate about how we tackle the crisis in social care and our NHS.”

On Monday, Phil Hogan, the EU trade commissioner, predicted Mr Johnson will be forced to abandon his “stunt” of refusing to extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond 2020, because no trade deal will be ready.

But, in his message, the prime minister claimed: “That oven-ready deal I talked about so much during the election campaign has already had its plastic covering pierced and been placed in the microwave.

“We got down to work immediately after the election. The necessary legislation has already begun its passage through parliament and, once MPs return to Westminster, we’ll waste no time in finishing the job.”

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