The controversial claim that the UK sends £350m a week to the EU was a “gross underestimate”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.
He told the Guardian the UK’s contribution was already £362m a week and would rise to £438m by the end of the post-Brexit transition period.
Vote Leave’s claim that £350m could go to the NHS instead was hotly disputed during the EU referendum.
Labour accused Mr Johnson of returning “to the scene of his previous crimes”.
A campaign bus used by Vote Leave, including Mr Johnson himself, during the referendum campaign was emblazoned with the slogan: “We send the EU £350 million a week – let’s fund our NHS instead.”
It was widely criticised because £350m per week is an approximate sum for the UK’s “gross contribution” to Brussels.