The Brexit Party has set out the policies on which it plans to fight the 2019 general election According to its leader, Nigel Farage, the 22-page document is not a manifesto but a “contract with the people”. But what are the promises that will grab the public’s attention, and, potentially win over voters on polling day, 12 December?1. No extension to the transition periodThe Brexit Party continues to talk about a “clean-break Brexit”.The Brexit Party has changed its tune on, yes, Brexit. Until recently its leader, Nigel Farage, said a no-deal Brexit “was the only acceptable deal”. This policy moves the goalposts. Gone is the criticism of Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement – now the party simply promises there will be “no extended transition period”. At the moment the proposed transition period – during which the UK would follow EU rules and regulations without having any say in making them – finishes at the end of next year. Without saying so explicitly, the Brexit Party is warning that it will campaign to ensure Mr Johnson sticks to his promise not to extend the transition. That gives very little time to agree the terms of a future free trade deal. The Brexit… Read full this story
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