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Brexit Campaign’s Gove Denies ‘Project Lies’ Claim in TV Special

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Michael Gove.

Michael Gove.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Justice Secretary Michael Gove, one of the leaders of the campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, defended its assertions about the costs of membership as he was accused of running “Project Lies.”

Appearing on a Sky News television special the night after Prime Minister David Cameron made the case for staying in the EU on the same channel, Gove was interviewed and then faced a studio audience Friday. He was challenged repeatedly about Vote Leave’s statement that the U.K. sends 350 million pounds ($500 million) a week to the EU, with the first questioner from the audience using the phrase “Project Lies” repeatedly. The figure has been called “misleading” by the U.K. Statistics Authority and “absurd” by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.