Brexit Party vows to cap migration, scrap BBC licence fee and House of Lords
22nd November 2019
Nigel Farage has rejected the traditional manifesto and instead launched the Brexit Party’s ‘contract with the people.’
The group has made a ‘clean-break Brexit’ one of their key ideas along with an immigration cap and a 50% cut in the foreign aid budget.
Mr Farage acknowledged they were not seeking election as the next government after they pledged not to stand in Conservative-held constituencies.
Instead, he claimed they were committed to achieving Brexit to give the UK ‘the freedom to shape our future.’
The leader said: ‘A clean-break Brexit can shape the future of our economy and society.
‘It will give us the freedom to shape our future by taking immediate control of our own laws, borders, money, fishing and defence.
He added: ‘We need the Brexit Party to hold Boris Johnson to his word.
‘We need the Brexit Party voice there in the House of Commons or we’re not going to get anything like what we voted for three-and-a-half years ago.’
Brexit Party’s policy document:
Scrapping the BBC licence fee
Allowing citizens to call referendums if five million people agree
Abolishing inheritance tax
Investing £2.5 billion in fishing and coastal communities
Scrapping the House of Lords
Giving businesses zero-rate corporation tax for the first £10,000 of pre-tax profits
Abolishing privatisation in the NHS
Establishing 24-hour GP surgeries
Mr Farage said their plans could be paid for by £200 billion of savings by cutting the foreign aid budget, ceasing EU payments and scrapping the HS2 high-speed rail link.
On immigration, he said the UK was facing a ‘population crisis’ as a result of the policies which had been adopted in the 1990s.
He said the numbers allowed to settle in the country should be capped at ‘about 50,000’ a year and he called for firm action to deter illegal immigrants trying to enter the country.
He said: ‘We would very much want to get immigration numbers down to what for 60 years were very acceptable and very workable post-war levels.
‘We think a strong message that says if you come here illegally across the Channel or in the back of a container that you wouldn’t be allowed to stay will prevent further human tragedy, and it’s the right thing to do.’