Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Pro-EU Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote

Pro-EU Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote

In the party's manifesto today, alongside a commitment to protect the state pension triple lock for the next parliament, the Liberal Democrats said they would launch a pension tax review to look at how a flat rate might work.

NHS services and the town's clinical commissioning group (CCG) would receive the extra funding through an extra penny-in-every-pound on income tax nationally.

The U.K.'s Liberal Democrats call for a second Brexit referendum in their election manifesto, as well as preserving free movement and remaining in the single market.

Launching their manifesto today (Wednesday) ahead of the General Election next month, party leader Tim Farron said he wanted to launch a Green Transport Act and an Air Quality Plan to "reduce air pollution and protect United Kingdom citizens".

The main opposition Labour party has 31 percent while the Lib Dems lag behind on nine percent, according to the survey of 1,630 people.

Alun Griffiths, a councillor and the party's Parliamentary candidate for Bradford West, also described the Liberal Democrats' pledge to legalise cannabis as "a sensible, straightforward thing to do".

The wide-ranging document offers a number of promises to end discrimination, stating: "The rise in hate crime, the abuse of refugees, and the toxic rhetoric on immigration and about immigrants themselves is not the future Liberal Democrats want for Britain".

"That's why, when the terms of our future relationship with the European Union have been negotiated ... we will put that deal to a vote of the British people in a referendum, with the alternative option of staying in the European Union on the ballot paper".

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.

It also says the Lib Dems would scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools and give local authorities "clear responsibility for local school places planning".

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

The manifesto adds that the Liberal Democrats "continue to believe that there is no deal as good for the United Kingdom outside the European Union as the one it already has as a member".

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".

In many ways its the revival manifesto with tax cuts, spending increases, legalisation of cannabis and few other voter-friendly polices.

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.

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