Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UK Lib Dems put Brexit at center of manifesto

UK Lib Dems put Brexit at center of manifesto

There is no question the party has eye-catching policies, he continues, but there is only one that "really really matters, which is that the Lib Dems want a second European Union referendum, after we know the terms of the Brexit deal".

Led by Tim Farron (pictured), the party has also promised £100bn of additional infrastructure investment and the legalisation of cannabis, which it claimed would raise £1bn in tax.

Mr Farron said: "You don't have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage's extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals".

The Lib Dems pledge to hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal following two years of negotiations between London and Brussels. "And if you don't like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in Europe".

In its manifesto, which repeats a number of pledges made previously, the Lib Dems said it would set out a "coherent tax and regulatory framework".

Labour has "lost the right to call themselves the opposition" by failing to make a stand on Brexit, Mr Farron said.

It comes after Mr Farron became embroiled in controversy over his views over whether gay sex was a sin.

The latter involves promises to press for the United Kingdom to unilaterally guarantee the rights of the 3.2 million EU nationals living in the United Kingdom, seeking continued access to the single market and customs union, and allowing Britons to continue to work, travel, study and retire across the EU.

They would also scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools and repeal the rule all new state-funded schools should be free schools. The Scottish Government says Police Scotland loses £35 million per year because of the rules on Value-Added Tax.

Lib Dems said they will restore housing benefit to young people, bring in bus passes for 16 to 21-year-olds and lower the voting age to 16 if they gain power.

The proposal for a Zero Waste Act, including legally binding targets for reducing net consumption, is also repeated from the previous manifesto. As the party try to keep hopes for a "Lib Dem fightback" alive, the policies on offer appear to be aimed at winning the youth vote.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told Hindustan Times: "It is ludicrous that we take in Indian students, train them, and then as soon as they are skilled and ready to work, the Conservatives boot them out of the country".

"Scotland has not forgotten the Lib Dem record of betrayal propping up the Tories in government".

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