Brexit Campaigners Criticized Over `Misleading' Statisticsby
Statistics Authority says Vote Leave overstates cost of EU
Campaign director replies pledging to stick with figure
The U.K. Statistics Authority said the most-used statistic from campaigners to get Britain out of the European Union was “potentially misleading.”
Vote Leave has repeatedly argued that the U.K. sends 350 million pounds ($500 million) to the EU every week, citing official statistics. Andrew Dilnot, the chairman of the authority, said Thursday that this ignored money that the EU sent back.
“Without further explanation I consider these statements to be potentially misleading,” Dilnot wrote in a letter posted on the authority’s website. “Given the high level of public interest in this debate it is important that official statistics are used accurately, with important limitations or caveats clearly explained.”
In response, Dominic Cummings, Vote Leave’s campaign director, said Dilnot’s letter contained “errors and omissions.” He repeated the figure in his letter, saying it was “money which could be spent on our priorities like the NHS.”