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Theresa May used bogus arguments to justify election, says Tim Farron

20 May 2017

A choice of stability and a clear vision for Brexit provided by Theresa May and the Conservative Party, or the other choice, a Labour Party lead by Jeremy Corbyn with no clear vision on Brexit and a party that can not unite behind him.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set the tone for his campaign by criticising May for her "broken promises" on healthcare and education, and jabbed at her for not agreeing to take part in television debates before the election.

Mr Corbyn's speech came amid speculation about Labour's taxation plans, after shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggested the wealthy, who he defined as earning over £70,000 a year, should "pay their way more".

He said Conservative Party leader May would use this election to consolidate power ahead of ongoing Brexit negotiations but neglect "the issues that affect people every day".

The polls - admittedly not always a reliable indicator - give the Tories a 24 point lead and unless there is some sort of political quake, it is hard to see how Labour can pull off a most unlikely victory.

Asked where the reciprocity lay in trying to charge a massive "exit fee", put at around £50bn, for leaving the EU, Mr Tajani said: "No we have to be clear on this, the United Kingdom will pay only the money, nothing more nothing less".

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Brexit negotiations will start in June, after Britons vote in a snap general election.

He also added that a Labour government would not "play by their rules".

"What do we know that the leader of the Labour Party, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and the leader of the Scottish nationalists have in common?" she asked parliament.

In a speech in London, he will say that Labour will fight on behalf of Britain's "true wealth creators" and overturn a "rigged system" which favours rich individuals and businesses.

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to rule out backing a second referendum on the final Brexit deal achieved after withdrawal negotiations with the European Union.

The Sun, Britain's top-selling newspaper, splashed the headline "Blue Murder" - a reference to the Conservatives' party colour and the prospect of Labour losing dozens of seats.

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Labour is expected to be crushed by the Tories in the June election, with the latest polls showing Labour trailing by 24 points.

"The European Parliament will vote against only if the citizens rights is outside".

"A second referendum is not our policy and it won't be in our manifesto", Corbyn's spokesperson said.

A larger Conservative majority would act as a stabilising factor that would make upcoming negotiations with the European Union less disruptive - a point reflected by the resurgence in the pound after the British prime minister's announcement on Tuesday morning.

Legal questions remain over whether Article 50 is irrevocable, but Mr Tajani said a political solution could be reached.

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Theresa May used bogus arguments to justify election, says Tim Farron