- The Conservative Party unveiled their manifesto for the next five years on Sunday.
- Boris Johnson is the last of the UK’s party leaders to set out his pledges ahead of the December 12 election.
- The key takeaway is that delivering a much-delayed Brexit is still front and center, with no radical proposals taking the spotlight.
- Johnson committed to freezing regressive taxes like VAT and National Insurance, saying he wants to “put more money back in people’s pockets.”
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The Conservative Party unveiled their manifesto for the next five years on Sunday ahead of the December 12 election.
Boris Johnson promised to “get Brexit done” on time and “put more money back in people’s pockets” by not raising taxes in the aftermath.
The prime minister dedicated a substantial chunk of his speech to criticising opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Here are the key pledges.
- To revive the Withdrawal Agreement Bill before Christmas so that a much-delayed Brexit can happen on time on January 31, 2020. The bill seeks to turn the preexisting withdrawal agreement into UK law.
- Not to raise income tax, national insurance payments, or value-added tax (VAT.)
- To give childcare services £250 million-a-year.
- To enact a new digital tax on multinational firms.
- To hire 50,000 more nurses.
- To make available £6.3 billion so that homes can be upgraded to make them more environmentally friendly and efficient.
- To roll out a Australia-style points-based immigration system.
- To scrap NHS hospital car parking charges for millions of people.
“Imagine the relief the whole nation will feel if we do this – if a Conservative majority is returned on 12 December so we can get Brexit done. Uncertainty ended, investment unlocked, a nation moving forward once again,” Johnson will say at the official unveiling at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The manifesto is titled “Get Brexit Done, Unleash Britain’s Potential.”
Michael Gove MP promised on a BBC chat show Sunday morning that the Conservative Party would not ask the EU for another extension.
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