Britain’s first Green MP Caroline Lucas is preparing to set out her party’s manifesto today (Monday 22 May).
The Brighton Pavilion candidate – and co-leader of her party – is expected to say that other parties are ignoring the environment but the Greens will protect it.
She is also promising a “ratification referendum” before Britain can formally leave the European Union (EU) – the process known as Brexit.
Her party is also promising to protect the NHS and “roll back privatisation” while pledging to “fight for bold policies like a basic income and shorter working week”.
The Greens are expected to announce plans to introduce an NHS Reinstatement Bill to Parliament, to reverse the privatisation of the health service.
They will also pledge to “reverse the NHS funding gap”, with a view to paying for it by scrapping Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
The Green Party said: “The party will pledge to immediately guarantee the rights of EU citizens, protect freedom of movement and give the British public, rather than just Parliament, the final say on any EU deal.
“The ‘Green guarantee’ will also promise to ‘take steps towards the introduction of a universal basic income, including a government sponsored pilot scheme’ and phase in a shorter working week.”
At an event later today Caroline Lucas, the party’s co-leader, is expected to say: “The Green Party has big, bold ideas to create a confident and caring country we can all be proud of.
“That means protecting our environment for our children and grandchildren, saving our NHS from crisis and ridding it of private sector profiteering.
“It means giving people a proper say on the Brexit deal, not shutting them out of the process. And it means exploring changes to our economy to make it fairer and fit for the future.
“Green MPs elected on (Thursday) 8 June can be trusted to protect our public services, fight for a close relationship with the EU and truly hold whoever is in government to account.
“If we do end up with a Tory government you can be sure that Green MPs will hold (Prime Minister) Theresa May’s feet to the fire.”
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