Britain’s Johnson promises voters tax cuts ahead of election




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London –  Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday promised British families tax cuts averaging some 200 pounds (260 dollars) annually if his Conservatives win a snap general election next week.

Johnson made a series of pledges via Conservative-friendly newspapers for his first 100 days in office if he wins a parliamentary majority in the election.

As well as ensuring that Britain leaves the European Union (EU) on Jan. 31, he will “cut taxes for workers,” guarantee extra funding for health and education, and change the law to “end automatic release of serious offenders,” the Conservatives said.

The pledges represent “a strong and optimistic Conservative agenda to move Britain forward,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted.

The pro-Conservative Telegraph newspaper said Johnson plans a “Brexit budget” in February.

The pledges come as the party prepares “a major advertising blitz to counteract any swing back to Labour in the final seven days of the election campaign, amid fears Remainers desperate to stop Brexit are switching to Labour,” the newspaper said.

The main opposition Labour party, led by left-winger Jeremy Corbyn, has promised a “radical” shake-up of Britain’s economy by renationalising key industries, investing massively in health services and infrastructure, and providing free broadband services.

Johnson has promised to fund improvements to health, education, police and rail services while limiting immigration and negotiating liberal trade deals with the U.S. and other non-EU nations.

Opinion polls suggest a comfortable parliamentary majority for the Conservatives, from a vote share of 40-45 per cent, is the most likely outcome of the election.

(dpa/NAN)