Wednesday 15 June 2016 11:25 am

Leave campaigners unveil manifesto for post-Brexit reforms

With less than 10 days to go before the referendum, Leave campaigners have unveiled a raft of reforms designed to be implemented if the UK votes to exit Europe.

While senior leave campaigners including former London mayor Boris Johnson and justice secretary Michael Gove have insisted they want Prime Minister David Cameron to remain in office after a vote to leave, the campaign will demand six new Bills from the government.

The Brexit manifesto will include pledges to limit the power of European courts, divert money towards the NHS and halt free movement.

New laws will include a new Finance Bill to abolish the five per cent rate of VAT on household energy bills, a Free Trade Bill to restore the government’s power to control its own trade policy, and a Bill to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, in a bid to limit the jurisdiction of European courts.

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Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling said: “After we vote Leave the public need to see that there is immediate action to take back control from the EU.

“We will need a carefully managed negotiation process and some major legislative changes before 2020, including taking real steps to limit immigration, to abolish VAT on fuel and tampons, and to end the situation where an international court can tell us who we can and cannot deport. A vote to Leave on 23 June is a vote for action, and the Government will need to respond quickly.”

At the same time, the Leave camp acknowledges that it makes “no sense” to trigger the legislation that would launch Brexit immediately after next week's vote, and say the government should partner across parties, and invite business groups and legal experts to join its teams in exit discussions.

It comes after almost 60 rebel Conservatives announced that they would not support an emergency budget outlined by Chancellor George Osborne today.

Osborne argued that £30bn of revenue raising would be needed in the aftermath of a Brexit vote, with £15bn coming from tax hikes.


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