UK's Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote if elected

Faith Castro
May 18, 2017

Sitting a distant third place in opinion polls ahead of the June 8 vote, the Lib Dems are styling themselves as the party of the 48 percent who voted past year to remain in the European Union.

And in the face of polls suggesting the Lib Dems are failing to make a breakthrough, Mr Farron urged Britons to follow the example of French voters who rejected the "two exhausted old parties" to elect Emmanuel Macron as their new president. Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Mrs Le Pen. Other promises geared toward them include help with purchasing a home for first-time buyers and lowering the voting age to 16.

The party has also promised to put an extra £6bn a year into health and social care through a 1p rise in income tax and raise £1bn in revenue by legalising cannabis.

After the U-turn over tuition fees contributed to the 2015 battering at the ballot box, the party is not repeating its commitment to scrap them, instead insisting the NHS is a bigger priority.

I believe our children would have a brighter future if Britain remained in the EU.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell dismissed the claims as "rubbish" but Mrs May said ordinary people would "pay the price of Labour" in higher taxes, mortgage rates and unemployment at a time when the country was going through Brexit negotiations.

Mr Farron said the drug was a "gateway to harder drugs", and "if you brick up that gateway by making sure that people who are buying cannabis are only buying it from a regulated source then you take away the option to go into harder drugs". The manifesto says that subsidies must rebalance away from direct subsidy and refocus support towards the public goods that come from effective land management including countryside protection, flood prevention, food production, and climate change mitigation.

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Elsewhere, Tim Farron's party promised to ban the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the United Kingdom by 2025.

He will add: "But here's the difference between me and Theresa May - I want Malcolm, and everyone in Preston, and every single one of you, to have your say over what comes next".

An early general election poses a major problem for the party - it's too soon to have had a chance to shake off the negative legacy of coalition with the Conservatives, and too soon to see how the government's negotiating strategy for leaving the European Union will play out. "After all, who needs Ukip if the Government is doing what they want anyway?"

He said the party would not enter into coalition with either the Labour or the Conservatives.

While the Conservatives plan hundreds of millions of pounds of cuts to local hospitals and local schools, the Lib Dems have set out a credible plan to invest in vital services.

"The Britain I love is generous and compassionate".

"We lost and I accept that". The Britain I love is open, tolerant and united.

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