Nigel Farage launches Brexit Party platform with immigration pledge

Nigel Farage announced his party platform

Friday, November 22, 2019

Nigel Farage has called for a cap on immigration, a 50 per cent cut in the foreign aid budget and the scrapping of HS2 at the launch of the Brexit Party’s election platform.

The party leader said he was offering a “contract with the people” rather than a traditional party manifesto as such documents were a “means of telling people what they want to hear without ever having the genuine desire to implement them”.

Mr Farage acknowledged his party did not expect to form government, but planned to “hold Boris Johnson to his word” on Brexit.

“A clean-break Brexit can shape the future of our economy and society,” he said.

“It will give us the freedom to shape our future by taking immediate control of our own laws, borders, money, fishing and defence.”

He also pledged to abolish the House of Lords, scrap the BBC licence fee and plant millions of trees to absorb carbon emissions.

On immigration he promised to cut permanent immigration at 50,000 a year, and accused the Conservatives of making no effort to reduce immigration numbers.

“We would very much want to get immigration numbers down to what for 60 years were very acceptable and very workable post-war levels,” he said.

Mr Farage said much of the party’s plans could be paid for by cutting the foreign aid budget, ceasing European Union payments and stopping progress on the HS2.

The Brexit Party is running in 275 seats, after it stood down from 317 seats won by the Conservatives in 2017.

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