UK Conservatives launch manifesto with promise of speedy Brexit

Boris Johnson launched the British Conservative partys manifesto Sunday with a promise to put his Brexit deal to parliament by Christmas.

The party has made its pledge to “get Brexit done” front and center of its election pitch ahead of the ballot next month, while laying out plans to increase spending on health, policing and education.

At a party event to announce the manifesto, Johnson said he would “end the acrimony and the chaos” over Brexit, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn threatens to rip up the current deal, negotiate a new one within three months and put it to a referendum.

“We dont even know if anybody believes in Mr. Corbyns new deal apart from Mr. Corbyn,” the prime minister said in a speech. “I dont want to waste 2020 in two more referendums.”

“If were lucky enough to be returned with a working majority on December 13, we have this deal ready to go; it is just add water,” Johnson said. “We can then get the whole thing completed in a matter of days if not weeks, and were out by January 31.”


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The manifesto rules out any extension of the Brexit transitionperiod past December 2020, meaning that the U.K. would have to negotiate a new trading relationship with the EU by then or else leave with no deal.

“We want to honor the democratic processes of this country,” Johnson said. “We want to focus on the priorities of the British people, above all the NHS and the cost of living.”

According to the manifestos costings document, annual current spending under the Conservatives would rise by £3 billion by 2024, compared with more than £80 billion for Labour.

The manifesto includes plans to recruit 50,000 more nurses, spend £1 billion on childcare and £6.3 billion on efficiency measures to cut fuel bills in 2.2 million homes.

The Conservatives have pledged not to increase the rates of either income tax, National Insurance or VAT in the next five years.

“We believe that after three and a half years of being held back by a broken parliament, it is time to unleash the potential of the whole country and to forge a new Britain,” Johnson said.

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