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Pro-EU Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote

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Manuel Armenta | 19 May, 2017, 20:33

You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

The party is proposing a second referendum, "to give the people the final say" at the end of the two-year negotiating process.

In their election manifesto, published yesterday, the party's leader Tim Farron said that the Lib Dems' Green Transport Act would include a raft of measures aimed at improving air quality, many of which target private and public transport.

The Liberal Democrats have recommitted to introducing a digital bill of rights with regards to citizen rights to personal data and internet neutrality, while also guaranteeing financial support to push forward with online public service provision in their election manifesto.

While the party has pegged the wider campaign around its opposition to single market exit and a "hard Brexit", it includes a pledge to making the "positive case for immigration" and reducing hate crimes by allowing the harsher sentencing of perpetrators.

They say the budget would be balanced for day-to-day spending by the following year - though the United Kingdom would still borrow cash for major one-off capital infrastructure projects.

The Liberal Democrat manifesto has committed to scrapping the freeze on benefits and injecting more than twice as much money into welfare as Labour.

He said: "On the biggest question facing all of us, Brexit, which has such huge implications for our young people and our future, Corbyn ordered his MPs to stand down against Theresa May's government".

Give tenants first refusal to buy the home they are renting from a landlord who decides to sell during the tenancy at the market rate according to an independent valuation.

Labour has promised a vote on the final Brexit deal, but its own manifesto makes no reference to reversing the Brexit process.

The Lib Dem manifesto sets out how the party expects to raise £1 billion in revenue by legalising cannabis.

The party's flagship spending commitment - £6bn a year for the NHS - will be funded by a 1p rise in basic rates of income tax. Any party seeking to lead the country after this election should be prepared to take bold action to safeguard them.

Under the Lib Dems, NHS tax and payments would be detailed on people's payslips and by 2020 the NHS and social care budgets would be pooled.

Second, the Liberal Democrats are subject to a typical squeeze as the voters conclude once again that a vote for them is "wasted" in most circumstances.

The Liberal Democrats say they would protect the state pension triple lock.

Tim Farron has laid into Theresa May - lumping her in with Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen - as he accused her of allowing the Conservatives to be "taken over" by UKIP's agenda.

That should have helped the Lib Dems with their unequivocal message and appeal to Labour and Conservative Remainers to vote tactically on this transcendent issue.

Paul Johnson, director of economic think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said the Lib Dem tax proposals were "much more modest" than those unveiled by Labour on Tuesday, and would involve Mr Farron's party "increasing spending more than they're going to increase taxes".

"There's only one way to be sure of the strong, stable leadership we need through Brexit and beyond - and that's by voting for Theresa May and her Conservative team", he said.