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    Following his previous deadlock in passing Brexit through Parliament, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative party have initiated a snap election to be held in December as a last-ditch attempt to gain the support and votes required to pass a renegotiated version of the deal.

    UK Prime Minister and Conservative party leader Boris Johnson presented the Tory manifesto on 24 November as a snap election in the country closes in. In the manifesto, the party describes not only its plans for Brexit, but also addresses a variety of other issues troubling the country as it seeks to exit from the European Union.

    The party manifesto's key points are as follows:

    • Tories are planning on passing the Brexit deal, previously negotiated by Johnson through Parliament by Christmas.
    • Tories hope to start implementing the deal in January 2020 and finish it in December 2020 without further extending transition period.
    • Following a successful Brexit, Tories plan to negotiate a free trade deal not only with Brussels, but also with other countries to cover 80 percent of the nation's overall trade.
    • New planned immigration rules will limit the influx of lower-skilled migrants, while favouring skilled professionals, especially doctors.
    • EU citizens staying in the UK will be eligible for British benefits only after 5-year period.
    • Conservatives are planning to invest some £1 billion into the country's social care, employ an additional 50,000 nurses and negotiate long-term social care reform with other parties.
    • The Conservatives are planning massive tax cuts worth £23.5 billion (around $30 billion), primarily by raising the threshold for social security contributions.
    • Tories will also review taxes on certain business to cut them for retailers, cinemas and pubs.
    • Tories plan to increase the tax credit rate threshold to 13 percent to boost private-sector research and development.
    • The conservatives seek to impose a Digital Services Tax on international internet companies.
    • The manifesto indicates that conservatives will boost defence spending each year, keeping it above the designated by the NATO member 2 percent of the GDP target.


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