Britain’s opposition party has launched its manifesto ahead of next month’s election with a promise that its stance on Brexit would benefit ordinary people and not the City of London.
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And whilst Labour say they respect the referendum result, they’ve promised a vote in parliament would be held on the final Brexit deal.
The manifesto also pledges to introduce an EU Rights and Protections Bill to ensure that: “There is no detrimental change to workers’ rights, equality law, consumer rights or environmental protections as a result of Brexit.”
Addressing a crowd of supporters in Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn made his pitch:
“Only Labour has the plan to make Brexit work for ordinary people. We’re clear there is now a choice. Labour Brexit that puts jobs first or a Tory Brexit that’ll be geared towards the interests of the City of London and risk making Britain a low-wage tax haven.”
In other manifesto promises Labour says it will raise taxes on people earning more than the equivalent of 82,000 euros a year as well as crack down on tax avoidance.
It claims those measures would raise an extra 56 and a half billion euros.
The ruling Conservative party has dismissed the figures, saying they don’t add up.
And launching perhaps its most radical policy, Labour pledges to re-nationalise the railways and some of Britain’s water companies.