Thursday, May 11, 2017
Brexit: Labour's Plans Leak In The Press
Labour, the main opposition party in Britain, will not leave the talks on the Brexit without an agreement with the EU if it wins next month's legislative elections, according to a draft electoral program revealed by the press.
The 43-page document on the elections of 8 June includes major reforms, such as the renationalisation of rail and tax increases.
Among the commitments still to be approved, the party ensures that it will guarantee a "significant vote" on the final agreement of Brexit and excludes to leave the EU without agreement.
"Labor acknowledges that leaving the EU without agreement is the worst possible outcome for Britain and will harm our economy," the document said. "We will reject option + without agreement + and negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid endangering the UK economy."
The Labour Party is lagging behind in the polls, which seem to indicate that the fault lies in the absence of a clear line on the Brexit from its leader Jeremy Corbyn.
On Tuesday, Corbyn refused to respond to the BBC if the UK would leave the EU if he became prime minister. A Labor source then told AFP that Jeremy Corbyn had repeated in the past that he would respect the choice of the British expressed in the referendum of June 23, 2016.
The draft program also outlines the party's position on immigration, a key factor in the referendum. Labor says it does not want to make "false promises" about reducing the number of migrants, in reference to the Conservatives' broken promise on the subject.
In addition to the renationalisation of rail, Labor is also planning to create state energy companies and raise corporate taxes, according to documents presented by the British media.
The improvement of public finances will also involve a loan of 250 billion pounds (297 billion euros).
Revenues from a tax increase for incomes above 80,000 pounds per year will be used to invest six billion pounds in the public health system, according to the Daily Mirror.
The document also provides for the abolition of university tuition fees, which can now reach 9,250 books per year.
A Labour spokesman did not want to comment, saying that the document had yet to be approved by some 80 party figures before being officially unveiled, probably next week.