Common sense from Farage sets up Brexit Party to win seats

Brexit

The party is promising to deliver “a clean-break Brexit” come the end of January next year, with no extension of the transition period.

Economy

It will raise £200bn by scrapping HS2, keeping the £13bn annual contribution to the EU, while recovering £7bn from the European Investment Bank and by redirecting 50 per cent of the foreign aid budget, which it says is worth £40bn over five years. It will also invest “at least £50bn” in local road and rail schemes in “development-starved regions”.

Tax

The party will abolish inheritance tax, cut VAT on fuel bills and will waive corporation tax on the first £10,000 of profits. It also plans to reduce import tariffs to zero on certain foods, footwear and clothing.

Health

Will introduce 24-hour GP surgeries, re-opening nursing and midwifery professions to non-graduates. Says it will invest in the NHS without putting a figure on it, adding it will “remain publicly owned”.

Education

The party promises to abolish both student loan interest and the target to push 50 per cent of young people into higher education. Says it will also “expand parental choice” when it comes to schools, adding that academies and free schools have improved results.

Immigration

Has committed to “cracking down on illegal immigration” and to “reduce annual immigration”, with Mr Farage saying he would want to cap permanent immigration at 50,000 a year.

Nigel Farage launched a contract rather than a manifesto (Getty)

Environment

Will invest £2.5bn in fishing and coastal communities, adding that a clean-break Brexit would allow the UK to recover control of a 200 mile exclusive economic zone. Has promised to lead a global initiative at the UN to plant hundreds of millions of trees to capture CO2.

Welfare

Has promised to “revisit” the Universal Credit system and undertake a 12-month review of it before bringing in reforms within two years. Will also “review the position” of women affected by recent rises in the state pension age.

Housing

Will simplify planning consents for brownfield sites and will change the funding model to make it easier for councils to borrow from central government to build council houses.

Electoral reform

Will reform the voting system, abolish the unelected House of Lords, and make MPs who switch parties subject to recall petitions and overhaul the postal voting system to combat fraud and abuse. It also plans to introduce a “Citizens’ Initiative” to trigger a referendum if more than five million people sign a valid register calling for a public vote on a particular issue.

Crime

The party says it will increase police numbers, ensure more visible policing, and focus on combating violent crime, robbery and burglary rather than enforcing restrictions on free speech.

Critique from Flynn

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/the-flaws-in-nigel-farages-brexit-party-manifesto/

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