May’s Brexit: Tory Manifesto to Kill all Doubts
Bregrets? Sulking Remainers? All these belong to the past and the very few left will be silenced forever. Theresa May is making sure that her Brexit plans are not thwarted by introducing three manifesto pledges that are meant to stop any dissenting voices and guarantee her upper hand in the negotiations. Any Tories still clinging on to dreams of some form of exodus from Brexiteer May’s new kingdom, will have to make peace with the reality of Brexit.
On Thursday (20/4/2017), it was revealed that the PM has decided to include pledges that will enforce party members to back her position in the Brexit negotiations. According to a Daily Mail article, May will place a “triple lock” on Brexit in the Tory manifesto so that Remainers and any peers who oppose her views are blocked from stopping her Brexit plans. This will be achieved by demanding Remainers to sign up to the manifesto.
May said: “We will be ensuring we negotiate the best possible deal with the EU – a deal which will cover the various issues that people are really concerned about in terms of ensuring control of our borders, control of our laws, control of our money.”
The manifesto promises to end EU free movement, and terminate the UK’s membership to the single market and the European Court of Justice. Such measures are seen as necessary for delivering Brexit. It is also expected that she will abandon some of David Cameron’s policies including his promise to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid.
Peers will be forced to commit to the government’s pledges under the Salisbury Convention. According to sources: “All Conservative candidates will have to stand on the manifesto – it will lock them in and provide a much stronger mandate. It will also send a message to the House of Lords that they cannot get in the way.”
The Salisbury Convention, also called the Salisbury Doctrine, is a constitutional convention in the UK under which the House of Lords has to agree with the second and third reading of the government’s legislation proposed in its election manifesto.
Conservative MP Sir Desmond Swayne said: “The policy the Prime Minister announced, of pursuing a general election and securing a mandate in this house and a mandate to bind the other place to the Salisbury convention, is therefore essential.”
• In terms of immigration, she will promise to end free movement, but she won’t give any figures preferring instead to commit to keeping immigration at “sustainable” levels.
• Grammar schools’ resurrection: this has to do with her pledge to build “a school system that works for everyone.”
• Labour would want to increase taxes for big corporations, something that will force the Conservatives to present some measure of tax equality.
• May is considering spending billions on the Armed Forces: 2% of national income on defence and 0.7% on foreign aid.
• She has promised to continue investing in the NHS, but currently the NHS is facing challenges associated with social care cuts and limited council budgets. Due to the social care squeeze, elderly patients are forced to stay in hospitals, instead of being treated in care homes in their communities.
• She will deliver 1 million homes, and insist on affordable rents and home ownership.
• May will introduce an energy bill price cap, something that was proposed by Ed Miliband in 2015, cutting annual bills and saving consumers’ money.
• Pensions: She is committed to increasing the state pension by a minimum of inflation or average earnings, and if both figures are lower, by 2.5%.
By calling a general election and committing to delivering Brexit, Theresa May has been consistent in her promises.
All the Remainers will have to return to their homes and remove the blue paint from their faces, have a good look in the mirror and see the reality for what it is. Theresa May is exploiting the time and weakness of Labour, but at least the Tory party is moving ahead. Corbyn, unable to see the opportunities handed to him on a plate and create alliances with the SNP, as suggested by Nicola Sturgeon, will isolate himself forever.