UK's Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote if elected

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

The party also vows to scrap the marriage allowance, which permits spouses on low incomes to transfer part of their personal income tax allowance to their partners, and to legalise cannabis for over 18s.

The manifesto also pledges to increase corporation tax from 19% to 20% and a penny-in-the-pound increase in income tax.

The Party's 2017 manifesto, which is being launched in London later today (17 May) also outlines the Lib Dems' plan to extend ultra-low-emission zones, as planned for London, to 10 towns and cities across the country.

The party also promise to pass a "Green Transport Act" which will promote the used of low-emissions and electric vehicles and attempt to reduce the amount of petrol and diesel cars own the road.

The Liberal Democrats' manifesto has set out a number of resource policy pledges, including on waste taxes and collection targets, making it the only main United Kingdom party so far to focus on waste and recycling ahead of the General Election.

On the other, the party wants to offer a referendum on the final deal, with an option to remain in the European Union on the ballot paper.

He said: "You can be pretty much absolutely certain the Liberal Democrats would get their money if they did this, and actually Labour wouldn't get that much money".

Elsewhere, the party has said it could raise £1bn in taxes by legalising cannabis.

Mrs May's decision to pull Britain out of the single market was not on the ballot paper previous year and any final Brexit deal should be subject to a second referendum, he said.

But Mr Farron will rule out any repeat of the coalition government that ran Britain from 2010 to 2015, when the Lib Dems joined forces with the Tories - saying he will refuse to go into coalition either with Theresa May's Conservatives or Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.

The anti-Brexit pledges at the heart of the manifesto are meant to position the Lib Dems as the party of hard remain.

Elsewhere on the general election campaign trail, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson visited a nursery school to highlight fresh efforts to boost literacy and numeracy standards.

The polls aren't showing the huge comeback the party wants and the hope is that policies addressing the things people worry about will remind voters what the Lib Dems stand for.

Mr Farron was again forced off message over his religious views and had to confirm he supports a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy after a 2007 interview resurfaced in which he reportedly said abortion was "wrong".

In the face of opinion polls suggesting the Lib Dems are failing to make a breakthrough, Mr Farron urged Britons to follow the lead of French voters who rejected the "two exhausted old parties" to elect President Emmanuel Macron.

Speaking ahead of the launch, leader Tim Farron said: "Imagine a brighter future".

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