The Brexit referendum victory has put Britain on a new trajectory – an exciting new path that will allow our country much more freedom to tackle its problems and to seek out new opportunities in the wider world. We are a great country, but one with many problems and frustrations
Over the past few years, our society has stopped working for millions of people. Their living standards are lower, their access to housing worse, their public services under more strain and their communities less cohesive. In the months ahead, I will be working closely with our excellent team of UKIP spokesmen to produce detailed and costed policies to tackle these issues and we will set out our plans in a manifesto in good time for the next general election.
But I have already been able to determine our direction of travel in several key areas – what the challenges are and some key changes we need to see.
The purpose of this document is to set out that broad direction of travel so that the British people can see that under my leadership UKIP is going to be the patriotic party that advances common-sense solutions to many of the problems that are holding them back in their lives.
THE CHALLENGE: To make sure that the British economy starts paying off for ordinary families.
THE CHANGE: Remove VAT from domestic energy bills and hot takeaway food as well as from female sanitary products. Cut immigration to end the over-supply of labour for unskilled and semi-skilled sectors. Further controls on zero hours contracts. A clampdown on corporate tax avoidance. New anti-cartel measures.
AID & TRADE
THE CHALLENGE: To drastically reduce the foreign aid budget while offering people in developing nations an enhanced pathway to prosperity.
THE CHANGE: Use our new freedom outside the EU to enter into our own trade agreements. This will create a “transition to trade” process that opens our huge consumer market up to goods from developing nations while allowing us to cut up to £13bn annually from the foreign aid budget to help fund our domestic priorities.
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE
THE CHALLENGE: To solve the funding shortfall that is pushing the NHS to breaking point. To integrate adult social care into the NHS and to deliver enhanced mental health services.
THE CHANGE: Significant multi-billion pound extra funding for the NHS. Enhanced protections against health tourism. A dedicated new mental health services fund to help raise standards, especially in the area of youth mental health services.
THE CHALLENGE:To make sure that Brexit means exit. To ensure a full, swift Brexit that puts Britain back in charge of its laws, its borders and its finances. THE CHANGE: Repeal the 1972 European Communities Act as a first step and not a final step. This would put the Government and Parliament in control of the process of disentanglement from the EU rather than leaving the EU in control of it.
THE CHALLENGE: To greatly improve access to decent, secure housing for British people.
THE CHANGE: Begin building a new generation of council houses. Prioritise community links when awarding social housing points. Prioritise forces veterans too.
THE CHALLENGE: To reduce the volume but enhance the quality so that Britain enjoys more of the upsides of immigration and fewer of the downsides.
THE CHANGE: A points-based system that prioritises those with high level skills that are in short supply within a mandate to sharply reduce overall numbers. This should include an “aptitudes and attitudes” assessment that ensures applicants will add value to our economy while crucially also accepting our key British values such as gender equality and freedom of expression.
INTEGRATION & EQUALITY
THE CHALLENGE: To ensure that all British communities enjoy the full rights that British citizenship ought to bestow and to eradicate the scourge of “parallel communities” where such rights are not observed and from where basic British values may be undermined.
THE CHANGE: Introduce a mandatory reporting requirement for suspected cases of FGM, end the use of multilingual formatting on official documents (other than Welsh and Gaelic where appropriate), uphold free speech within the law, uphold the integrity and supremacy of British law, encourage public authorities to implement requirements for people to show their faces in a public building.