Vote 2017: Tim Farron puts Brexit at heart of Liberal Democrats' manifesto

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The Liberal Democrats' manifesto has set out a number of resource policy pledges, including on waste taxes and collection targets, making it the only main United Kingdom party so far to focus on waste and recycling ahead of the General Election.

The party, which released its election manifesto today (May 17), also said it would renationalise the Southern Rail and Govia Thameslink rail franchises, which have been locked in long-running industrial disputes over the past year.

Now we know that the Liberal Democrats will not win a majority so there will be no second referendum.

Mrs May's Ukip-inspired "hard Brexit" approach of taking Britain out of the single market and customs union is "a time bomb under our economy" which will wreck Britain's future for decades to come, warned the Liberal Democrat leader. "And if you don't like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in Europe".

If it got into power, after the two-year negotiation period, it would call for another referendum as to whether that deal is taken, with one of the options on the ballot paper to be to remain in the EU.

"In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit, not against her".

Mr Farron's said that Theresa May offers a "cold, mean-spirited" Britain his visision of an "open, tolerant and united" nation.

The Lib Dem manifesto also included a raft of new policies and pledges to young people, promising to restore housing benefit for 18 to 21-year olds and help new and first-time buyers get on the housing ladder.

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The party believes there is no deal that could be as good as continuing European Union membership and would campaign to stay in, cancelling Brexit.

"The SNP want to break up the United Kingdom single market that is worth four times as much".

"I think they have a very good vision for the country", said Andie Gbedemah, 24, who supports the social care pledge.

Income tax would rise by 1 per cent in England and Wales to pay for additional NHS and social care funding, with a 1 per cent increase in the tax on dividends across the UK.

He added: "The costings look like they add up in the sense there are a set of numbers for tax increases they propose, all of which are much more modest than what we saw yesterday [from Labour's manifesto]".

Finally, the manifesto states that private hire cars and diesel buses that operate in cities will be required to run on low-emission fuels within five years.

Elsewhere, Tim Farron's party promised to ban the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the United Kingdom by 2025.

This is largely because the party is not committing to cut university tuition fees, which they controversially voted to treble as part of the coalition in 2010 months after campaigning to scrap them in the general election.

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