Prime Minister Boris Johnson removes his threat of a no-deal Brexit. This is stated in an election manifesto for his Conservative party that was viewed by The Times. Recently, Johnson has always said he wanted to leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal. October 31 has now come and gone, and it all went a little differently.
Johnson was obliged to request a postponement when it appeared on October 19 that his agreement would not yet pass through the parliament. The British Parliament did not want to deal urgently with the agreement in principle that Johnson concluded with the EU. In the end the parliament voted for elections, which will be held on 12 December.
A Brexit would still have to take place on 31 January 2020. The focus will be entirely on the elections until 12 December.
With the election manifesto of Johnson, which has been recognized by The Times, Johnson tries to hold on to the center voters. According to the newspaper, Johnson also promises tax cuts and wants to raise the threshold for their version of the national insurance.
National Insurance in the United Kingdom is a mandatory tax system whereby citizens pay premiums to be eligible for sickness, disability and old age benefits.
The threshold at which people come into the high income tax rate would be shifted from £ 50,000 (£ 57,000) to £ 80,000. In the new manifesto, Johnson says he wants to focus on “realizing” Brexit with his “fantastic” deal.
With the manifesto, Johnson is fully involved in the election campaign in the run-up to December. He declines an offer from Nigel Farage to form an alliance to leave the EU without a deal. Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, had proposed the alliance. If Johnson did not accept that offer, Farage would compete with the Conservatives. The Brexit Party is currently still low in the polls.
Johnson continues to say that if citizens want the Brexit to be a fact, they must vote for the Conservatives on December 12. On November 12 there will be a television debate between Johnson and Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.