The United Kingdom parties promise to end the agony of Brexit if they win the elections
LONDON: The three main British national political parties courted the weary voters on Tuesday, all promised the end of the disputes if they win the national elections next month, but offer very different views on how to achieve it.
Prime Minister Boris johnson He says that if his Conservative Party wins the December 12 poll, he will have Parliament ratify his divorce agreement with the European Union and Britain will leave the block before January 31.
The main opposition Labor Party says it will take a little more time, six months, to end with more than three years of uncertainty caused by the decision of voters in 2016 to leave the EU of 28 nations after more than four decades of Membership
The center-left Labor says that if he wins, within six months he will negotiate a new Brexit divorce agreement that maintains close relations between Britain and the EU, and then will hold a national referendum on whether to leave on those terms or remain in the bloc.
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn He hasn't said which side he would support in a referendum. Johnson urged him in an open letter on Monday to clarify and explain what his plan really is.
Corbyn insisted on Tuesday that the work plan for Brexit is clear and simple and said he was right in trying to appeal to both 52% of voters who chose to leave the EU in 2016 and 48% who wanted to stay.
"Anybody seeking to become Prime Minister must talk to and listen to the whole country," Corbyn told Labour supporters in , a town northeast of London who voted in 2016 to leave the EU. The work represents not only 52% or 48%, but 99%.
Corbyn said the Brexit crisis must be resolved, but it must be done democratically.
Meanwhile, pro-EU centrist liberal Democrats are trying to attract voters away from larger parties with the promise of eliminating Brexit altogether. They said Tuesday that ending economic uncertainty around Brexit would boost the economy and allow the government to put another 50 billion pounds ($ 64 billion), what they call a permanence bonus, in public services.
The party currently has only 20 of the 650 seats in Parliament, but leader Jo Swinson said Tuesday that this election is a time of seismic change.
"This is not a normal election," she told supporters in London . "It's not a typical choice about whether you want the red team or the blue team (Labour or the Conservatives) to be in government for a few more years. . Because on this issue they merge into one."
On the other side of the UK division over Europe, the newly formed Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage wants British voters to reject Johnson's Brexit agreement and leave the block without an agreement on future trade. It is about attracting voters who support Brexit from both conservatives and Labor.
Some 46 million people are eligible to vote in the British elections on December 12, with the 650 seats of the House of Commons at stake.
While voters can expect the elections to end Brexit's uncertainty, they are likely to be disappointed. Britain faces more important decisions and impending deadlines.
Once the United Kingdom leaves the EU, it will have to negotiate a new trade agreement with the block, its largest trading partner.
Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, said Tuesday that the post-Brexit talks on a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom could be as tough as the negotiations that have taken place over the past three years.
EU officials fear that Britain will try to transform itself into a low-regulation economy that would undermine the strict social, environmental and labor standards of the EU.
Corbyn made a similar claim, accusing conservatives of seeking a race to the bottom in standards and protections.
They want to move us towards a more deregulated American model on how to manage the economy, he said.
Johnson conservatives deny having planned to lower the standards and say they hope to end negotiations by the end of 2020, when the transition period set out in the proposed divorce agreement is about to end.
Minister Michael Gove He said Tuesday that the transition period will absolutely not be extended.