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Live Updates: Boris Johnson Launches Conservative Party Manifesto

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party wants to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union by 31 January, while Labour has promised to give the British people "the final say" by asking them to choose between leaving with a "sensible deal" and remaining in the EU.

Boris Johnson says the Conservative Party manifesto will be launched at 2.00 pm on 24 November. The prime minister is expected pledge the introduction of free car parking for NHS hospital patients, relatives, and staff. According to Johnson, the Conservatives will set out a programme to “get Brexit done and allow us to move on” and “unleash the potential of the whole country”.

The UK Parliament has agreed to hold a snap general election on 12 December, after Brussels approved a Brexit extension until 31 January, postponing it beyond the previous deadline of 31 October.


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"On the armed services, as I have made clear repeatedly, we will not be cutting our armed services in any form - we will be maintaining the size of our armed services", Johnson said.

He pointed out that the UK actually intends to increase funding for the military by 0.5 percent above inflation every year.

The prime minister also praised the nation’s armed forces, describing them as the "most admired export that this country has in some parts of the world".

Earlier in the day, The Sunday Times reported that UK defence chiefs are mulling slashing army numbers to 60,000-65,000 and leasing one of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers to the United States to cut expenses. The newspaper also noted that the newly published Tory manifesto has removed ex-Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to maintaining the size of the armed forces, albeit still vowing to keep defence spending at more than two percent of GDP.

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Johnson promised 23.5 billion pounds ($30.15 billion) worth of tax cuts and public spending between 2020 and 2024, saying the impact on the government's current day-to-day budget would be close to zero.

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"Get Brexit done and we shall see a pent up tidal wave of investment into this country. Get Brexit done and we can focus our hearts and our minds on the priorities of the British people", Johnson said.

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Sajid Javid has stated that the Conservative Party’s manifesto will be published along with “the most detailed most transparent costings that have ever been published in British electoral history by any party”.

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