Annual net immigration will be reduced to “tens of thousands” if the Conservatives retain power, the party’s manifesto said.
The manifesto outlines five main challenges, one is “Brexit and a changing world”, as the text unwittingly makes the case for remaining in the EU: “As there is increasingly little distinction between domestic and worldwide affairs in matters of migration, national security and the economy, Britain must stay and strong and united – and take a lead in the world to defend our interests”.
Covering the National Health Service (NHS), social care, the economy, immigration and changes to pensions for the elderly, May spelt out five main commitments container in her manifesto dealing with a strong economy, Britain’s departure from the European Union (Brexit), social provision, an ageing society and fast-changing technology.
The manifesto for the June 8 general election also reiterates the prime minister’s insistence that a bad Brexit deal for Britain is worse than no deal at all and commits to a review of the U.K.’s human rights laws after leaving the EU.
“We do not believe in untrammelled free markets”, May said in the election manifesto, entitled “Forward Together”.
Speaking of environmental protections, the manifesto also pledges to preserve those developed in Europe by enacting the Great Repeal Bill, which the government has already confirmed will carry over “the whole body” of European environmental legislation in preparation for Brexit.
Mrs May said she was maintaining Mr Cameron’s controversial target to reduce net immigration below 100,000 – something she failed to do in six years as home secretary.
May urged people to rally behind her to ensure a good deal for the whole country, saying: “Every vote for me and my team in this election will strengthen my hand in the negotiations to come”.
The manifesto launch is seen as May’s attempt to highlight issues beyond Brexit and incorporates major changes to the country’s social care system as well as efforts to pump in an extra 4 billion pounds into the schools system by 2022.
But one of the ways in which the Tories hope to make savings is by ending the policy of free school lunches for all children in their first three years of primary school.
Asked whether she considered herself a Thatcherite at the Tories’ manifesto launch on Thursday, Theresa May chose not to reject the comparison.
As well as the previously announced cap on energy prices, the manifesto also pledges to force mobile phone firms to make billing fairer, tackle rogue landlords and cut the cost of buying a home by cracking down on rip-off conveyancing and legal fees.
Workers will also be given the right to request up to a year’s unpaid leave to care for a relative. A payment that pensioners now receive to help pay winter fuel bills will in future go only to the poorest.
But the prime minister, an initial opponent of Brexit who won the top job in the political turmoil that followed last summer’s referendum vote, has so far given few details on what she aims to do if she wins the June 8 vote.
The Conservatives have pledged to secure the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and British expats in Europe, as well as confirming Britain will remain part of the European Convention of Human Rights for the next parliament.
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