Manifesto Pledges Compared

Conservatives

"Forward Together"

Labour

"For the many, not the few"

Liberal Democrats

"Change Britain's Future"

EU Trade

Conservatives

"A strong economy built on sound public finances, low taxes, better regulation and free trade deals with markets around the world."

  • Leave single market and Customs Union
  • Seeking a free trade and customs deal with EU
  • As few barriers to trade and investment with EU as possible.
  • Will immediately lodge new UK schedules with WTO
  • Schedules Weill be aligned with current EU ones
  • Want to replicate existing EU trade deals
  • Introduce a Trade Bill in next parliament
  • Leave single market and Customs Union

Labour

  • Negotiate a trade deal with EU the "puts jobs and the economy first"
  • Want to keep benefits of membership of the Single Market and Customs Union
  • No deal is "worst possible" option

Liberal Democrats

  • Retain membership of the single market and customs union
  • No customs controls at the border
  • Final Brexit deal should be put to the vote

International Trade

Conservatives

  • Create 9 new trade commissions
  • Reconvene the Board of Trade
  • Champion new culture of exporting
  • More actively support British businesses to win contracts overseas
  • Uk Export Finance at centre of strategy
  • Ensure "no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance"

Labour

  • "Labour is pro-trade and pro-investment"
  • Publish an International Trade White Paper to "lead a national debate on the future of Britain’s trade policy"
  • All future trade deals will safeguard the 'right to regulate'
  • Committed to WTO
  • Rejoin WTO's Government Procurement Agreement
  • Will include human rights and social justice into trade policy
  • Work within WTO to end dumping
  • Export incentive schemes for SMEs
  • Would create a network of regional trade and investment champions
  • Focus on ensuring free flow of data
  • Review of investment treaties to ensure "they are fit for purpose for the 21st century"

Liberal Democrats

  • "Build on the Coalition’s industrial strategy...creating more ‘catapult’ innovation and technology centres" to encourage international exports
  • Future trade deals should have high environmental, safety, and animal welfare standards
  • Against seeking trade deals with countries "opposed to liberal values"

Free Trade

Conservatives

  • "The United Kingdom will be a global champion for an open economy, free trade, and the free flow of investment, ideas and information."
  • Free trade is key to international prosperity, stability and security
  • "UK must seize the unique opportunities it has to forge a new set of trade and investment relationships around the world, building a global, outward-looking Britain."

Labour

  • "Labour will work with global trading partners to develop 'best-in-class' free trade and investment agreements"

Liberal Democrats

No specific policies

Thomas Dempster

Thomas has a background in politics, having worked in Parliament for a number of years. He worked alongside a wide range of stakeholders from business, local and supra-national government, and charities on various projects.

Before this, he worked for GlaxoSmithKline and as a theatre producer. Thomas enjoys playing cricket, cycling, and reading.

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