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The Brexit Party’s contract at a glance

The party has revealed its ‘contract with the people’.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has launched his party’s ‘contract’ in London
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has launched his party’s ‘contract’ in London

By Sophie Morris, PA Political Staff

Nigel Farage has laid out the Brexit party’s General Election policies, promising a “political revolution”.

The party’s Contract With The People was unveiled during a speech in Westminster in which Mr Farage promised a “clean break” from all EU institutions.

The 21-page document also contains policies on transport, the environment and business.

Here is an at-a-glance look at the document, which the party says is a contract and not a manifesto.

– Brexit

The Brexit Party promises to deliver “a clean-break Brexit” with no extension of the transition period.

The party has committed to “cracking down on illegal immigration” and to “reduce annual immigration”, with Mr Farage saying in his contract launch speech in London that he would want to cap permanent immigration at 50,000 a year.

The party adds that it will address wage stagnation and the skills gap by introducing a fair points system that is “blind to ethnic origin”, and will always provide a “humane welcome for genuine refugees”.

– Economy

The Brexit Party says it will raise £200 billion by scrapping HS2, keeping the £13 billion annual contribution to the EU, recovering £7 billion from the European Investment Bank and by redirecting 50% of the foreign aid budget (£40 billion over five years).

It promises to invest “at least £50 billion” in local road and rail schemes in “development-starved regions” and to partner with internet service providers to offer free base level domestic broadband in deprived regions and free Wi-Fi on all public transport.

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The construction site for the HS2 high speed rail scheme in Euston, London (Victoria Jones/PA)

The party adds that it will abolish business rates for shops outside the M25, funded by a “small online sales tax”.

– Tax and Tariffs

The Brexit Party’s contract says it will abolish inheritance tax, cut VAT on fuel bills and will waive corporation tax on the first £10,000 of profits.

It also plans to reduce import tariffs to zero on certain foods, footwear and clothing, and to create freeports in certain regions to “encourage investment and create new jobs”.

The party pledges to “maintain subsidies and grants paid by the EU to UK businesses”,  to provide “transitional relief” to key sectors to “ensure a smooth Brexit” and to boost lending to small and medium enterprises.

– Crime

The party says it will increase police numbers, ensure more visible policing, and focus on combating violent crime, robbery and burglary rather than enforcing restrictions on free speech.

Mr Farage’s party pledge to tackle the issues of drug dealing, knife crime and gangs and to “abolish distortive targets” and introduce sentence “ranges” for young offenders, to encourage rehabilitation

– Health

The Brexit Party says it believes in continued investment in the NHS, better management, increasing the number of medical staff and cutting waste.

It promises to keep the NHS publicly-owned and free at the point of use and calls for all politically imposed hospital targets to be abolished.

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Ambulances outside the Accident and Emergency Department of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (Peter Byrne/PA)

The party also commits to introducing 24-hour GP surgeries, re-opening nursing and midwifery professions to non-graduates and holding a “national debate” on ring-fencing the NHS budget and tax revenues that pay for it.

– Education:

The party promises to abolish both student loan interest and the target to push 50% of young people into Higher Education.

The Apprentice Levy will also be scrapped and tax incentives will be given to employers to entice them to take on “genuine apprentices”.

Mr Farage’s party say it will also “expand parental choice” when it comes to schools, adding that academies and free schools have improved results.

– Housing:

The Brexit Party plans to simplify planning consents for brownfield sites and will change the funding model to make it easier for councils to borrow from central government to build council houses, the document says.

The party adds that it will accelerate infrastructure grants funding and allow more flexibility in the number of affordable homes within a development scheme.

-Environment:

Mr Farage’s party says it will invest £2.5 billion in fishing and coastal communities, adding that a clean-break Brexit would allow the UK to recover control of a 200 mile exclusive economic zone which would create the opportunity to regenerate coastal communities.

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File picture of Nigel Farage on board a boat taking part in a Fishing for Leave pro-Brexit ‘flotilla’ on the River Thames, London (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

It promises to plant millions of trees to capture CO2 and to promise a global initiative at the UN.

The Brexit Party would also make it illegal for waste to be exported across the world to be burnt, buried or dumped at sea.

– Welfare:

The party promises to “revisit” the Universal Credit system and to undertake a 12-month review of it before bringing in reforms within two years.

It says it would support those who have paid into the system with accelerated payment processes and continue to root out fraud.

Mr Farage’s party also promises to “review the position” of women affected by recent rises in the state pension age.

– Defence

The Brexit Party has said it will ensure that the UK maintains its commitment to Nato and meets its promise to spend 2% of GDP on defence “as an absolute minimum”.

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A UK F-35 Lightning jet landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth (LPhot Daniel Shepherd/MoD/PA)

It promises to withdraw the UK from the European Defence Union so that the UK “has the right to stipulate defence contracts stay at home”.

– Political Reform

Mr Farage’s party adds that it will reform the voting system, abolish the unelected House of Lords, make MPs who switch parties subject to recall petitions and overhaul the postal voting system to combat fraud and abuse.

It also plans to reform the Supreme Court, make civil servants sign an oath to act with political neutrality and introduce a “Citizens’ Initiative” to trigger a referendum if more than five million people sign a valid register calling for a public vote on a particular issue.

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