Jo Swinson under fire over claims of Remain bonus for UK as BBC host grills ...

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JO SWINSON came under fire for suggesting the UK would receive a £50 billion bonus should the country choose to stay in the European Union as BBC host Mishal Husain confronted Liberal Democrats MP Layla Moran on the number.

PUBLISHED: 09:46, Wed, Nov 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:52, Wed, Nov 20, 2019

Jo Swinson has claimed the UK would be able to invest a £50 billion Remain bonus on public services and infrastructure if she put an end to Brexit as the next Prime Minister. Ms Swinson suggested staying in the European Union would help the British economy grow faster and result in higher tax receipts to spend in Britain. But BBC Today programme Mishal Husain warned the Liberal Democrats' leader should not discuss the bonus as fact while grilling incumbent Oxford West MP Layla Moran. 

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The BBC presenter said: "Jo Swinson has said we know that that Remain bonus would be £50 billion that we can spend. How does she know it would be £50 billion?"

Ms Moran explained the calculation is based on a series of estimates and forecasts, to which Ms Husain hit back: "Ok, but when she talked about the Remain bonus, it didn’t have any of those caveats.

"‘We know that the Remain bonus would be £50 billion,’ that’s an exact sum of money. We don’t know, do we?

"Because of exactly what you’re saying, the projections on how the economy would grow and be affected in different scenarios."

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General election 2019 - Layla Moran Mishal HusainGeneral election 2019: Husain challenged Moran on Swinson's £50bn Remain bonus (Image: BBC•ASIA HOUSE)

general election 2019 - Layla MoranGeneral election 2019: Moran defended the estimate, saying the Lib Dems had picked "conservative" figures for their forecast (Image: SKY NEWS)

The BBC presenter added: "So we don’t know that there would be a Remain bonus, precisely a £50 billion one.

"We don’t know and she shouldn’t have talked about it as something definitive."

But undaunted, Ms Moran insisted the so-called Remain bonus could be "more" than £50 billion as she defended the forecast.

She said:

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