Pro-EU Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote

Pablo Tucker
May 25, 2017

The party manifesto also calls for a second referendum on Brexit.

The Rent to Own scheme is part of the Lib Dem commitment to build 300,000 homes a year.

Mr Farron's said that Theresa May offers a "cold, mean-spirited" Britain his visision of an "open, tolerant and united" nation.

He said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had "let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit - not against her".

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. "This is your chance to change Britain's future".

The Lib Dems would assemble a constitutional convention to "deliver home rule to each of the nations of a strong, federal United Kingdom".

The party also intends to expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, restoring government support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations (helping meet climate targets at least cost) and building more electricity interconnectors to underpin this higher reliance on renewables.

The UK will be able to raise and save a combined £1bn ($1.3bn) a year by legalising cannabis, cutting down on justice costs and taxing the drug like cigarettes and alcohol, the Liberal Democrats claimed on Wednesday 17 May.

Such a stance helped the party gain its ninth MP in the 650-seat parliament in a December by-election, beating the eurosceptic Conservative candidate by running a strongly anti-Brexit campaign.

The party, using analysis from the Treasury and Essex University, said it would introduce limits on potency and permit cannabis to be sold through licensed outlets to adults over the age of 18.

Liberal Democrats are taking a very clear position a democratic position. I believed passionately that our children would have a brighter future if Britain remained in the European Union.

The tactic has won the backing of Nicole Verat-Pant, a French citizen who can not vote in the upcoming election but whose husband will vote for the Lib Dems.

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 its manifesto published today the Party said the current system, where people receive tax relief on pension contributions equivalent to their marginal rate of income tax, is not encouraging people to save.

Tim Farron has lumped Theresa May in with far-right figures like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen as he accused the Prime Minister of allowing the Conservatives to be "taken over" by an agenda forged by Nigel Farage.

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