UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday unveiled his conservative election platform, vowing to push his country out of the European Union and turn the page on austerity in a bid to win a majority in the December 12 general election.
Johnson is seeking a clear victory in the early elections after taking office as prime minister under a government with only a minority in parliament, hampering his efforts to pass the separation agreement from the European Union.
“We are now, as you know, less than three weeks away from the most important elections in modern memory,” Johnson said as he unveiled his party platform in Telford, west-west.
“The choice has never been more clear. Now we have accomplished Brexit so we can restore confidence and certainty to businesses and families. They have accomplished Brexit so that we can focus our hearts and minds on the priorities of the British people.”
“It is time to unleash the potential of the entire country and establish a new Britain.”
Johnson sees Britain’s third general election in four and a half years as the only way out of the impasse over the Brexit divide.
After Brexit’s three-month deadline was postponed from 31 October to 31 January, opposition parties supported his call for early general elections.
Johnson vows to return his Brexit deal to parliament before December 25 if the conservatives (center-right) return to power.
– The Brexit agreement is ready.
The Brexit agreement, which Johnson negotiated with Brussels in October, forms the basis of the Conservative election program. The prime minister insists the deal is “ready” in its current form, provided it wins a majority in elections.
He points out that the agreement will allow the country to regain control of its laws, funds and immigration policy.
His main rival, Labor leader Jeremy Corbin, if he comes to power, plans to negotiate a new Brexit deal within three months and put it to a referendum along with the option of staying in the EU by the end of June. Corbin will remain neutral during the process.
Johnson mocked Corbin’s strategy.
The Conservative Party has pledged not to raise the three basic taxes, income and sales tax and national insurance contributions to state benefits.
Other measures unveiled on Sunday include more money to support childcare, energy efficiency measures, retraining skills and road development.
Hospital parking fees for specific patients and NHS staff will also be reduced.
– Surveys –
According to the British Elections polling center, the Conservatives have 42 percent of the vote, compared with 29 percent for the Labor Party, while the Liberal Democrats (15 percent), the Brexit (6 percent) and the Greens (3 percent).
Conservatives have grown in popularity since Johnson succeeded former Prime Minister Theresa May four months ago.
But Johnson also has weaknesses, particularly with regard to the years of austerity that the British have suffered under conservative governments since 2010. He has pledged to end years of budget deficits by pumping billions of pounds into public institutions.
In particular, Johnson is committed to increasing the NHS budget by 33.9 billion pounds (39.5 billion euros). The Authority is going through its worst phase today because of problems with recruitment and the aging of institutions.
Johnson also plans to “make the streets safer” by employing 20,000 police and pledging more funding for schools.
On immigration, Johnson pledged to end freedom of movement and control migration through a system based on the Australian model.
Immigration was a major issue in the June 2016 referendum, in which the majority of voters voted for Brexit because of fears of large numbers of immigrants, which favored the pro-Brexit camp.
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