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Reform UK launches its ‘contract’ ahead of general election


Reform UK launches it ‘contract’ Nigel Farage launched Reform UK’s ‘contract’ on 17 June, describing it as “not just another party manifesto”.

•    Overhaul the infrastructure funding system, by merging the UK Infrastructure Bank

With regards to policy areas of most relevance to logistics, it includes pledges to:

•    Ban ULEZ, Clean Air Zones and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

•    Repeal legal requirements for manufacturers to sell electric cars.

•    Scrap the 20mph speed limit in Wales.

and the National Infrastructure Commission.

•    Launch a new ownership model for critical national infrastructure, with 50% UK pension fund and 50% public ownership.

•    Increase and incentivise UK lithium mining for electric batteries.

•    Abandon the Windsor Framework and prepare for renegotiations on the EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The ‘contract’ can be viewed here.

Published On: 27/06/2024 15:30:00

 

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