Tim Farron promised to legalise cannabis, help young people buy their first home through rent payments and another Brexit referendum as he launched the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto today.
The party says it will “protect Britain’s place in Europe” by offering a vote on the deal agreed with Brussels, with one option being to remain in the EU. The party promises to fight to protect the rights of EU nationals in the country, continued access to the single market and customs union, and freedom of movement.
The Liberal Democrat leader said: “You don’t have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage’s extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and your hospitals.
“In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit, not against her.
“The Liberal Democrats want you to have a choice over your future.
“You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum. And if you don’t like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in Europe.”
By legalising cannabis the party expect to raise £1 billion, highlighting the NHS as a spending priority. Prime Minister Farron would give an extra £6 billion to health and social care, raised though a 1p rise in income tax.
The party also pledge that if they are in government they would introduce a rent-to-own scheme, allowing tenants to buy their own home over a 30 year period.
The Liberal Democrat leader also promised that the party would not enter another coalition, but if elected with a majority they would introduce ultra-low emission zones in cities, boost education spending by £7 billion over five years, and scrapping the Prevent anti-terrorism strategy.
Lib Dem manifesto in brief
- Extra £7bn education spending
- Free childcare for all two-year-olds
- Addition £300m for police in England and Wales
- Scrapping of Prevent and bulk collection of communications data
- Cannabis legalisation
- Votes at 16
- Maintain the 0.7% commitment on overseas aid
- Require all front-line police to wear body cameras