Prime Minister Theresa May's Tory manifesto commits the Conservatives to pulling out of the single market, the customs union and European Court of Justice, and reaffirms the PM’s threat to walk away from a ‘bad’ trade deal
The PM launched her party's manifesto in Halifax
The Prime Minister promised to forge a ‘new deep and special partnership with Europe’, and to transform the country into a global trading nation ‘that stands tall in the world once again’.
But the manifesto reaffirmed Mrs May’s view that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK’ in terms of its future trading relationship with the EU. ‘The negotiations will undoubtedly be tough, and there will be give and take on both sides, but we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK,’ it said.
The document said the Government may be willing to make a ‘reasonable’ contribution to the EU after Brexit and pledged to come to a ‘fair settlement’ on an exit bill. But it warned Brussels that the days of Britain ‘making vast annual contributions to the European Union will end’.
The Conservatives said they will create a British ‘shared prosperity fund’ to replace EU regional development funding, which has often been criticised for being wasted and misspent.
Mrs May also used the manifesto to rule out a second Scottish independence referendum until after Brexit is complete.
‘The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union but some would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the UK with calls for a divisive referendum that the people of Scotland do not want,’ it said.
‘We have been very clear that now is not the time for another referendum on independence. In order for a referendum to be fair, legal and decisive, it cannot take place until the Brexit process has played out and it should not take place unless there is public consent for it to happen. This is a time to pull together, not apart.’
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