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Monday, Jul 22, 2024

Nigel Farage and the Reform Party's Immigration Proposals

Nigel Farage has positioned the 2024 general election as the 'immigration election' and introduced his party's proposals in south Wales. He proposed a freeze on non-essential immigration, claiming it contributes to NHS waiting lists and the housing crisis. Farage seeks to establish the Reform Party as a significant opposition in future parliaments.
Nigel Farage, leader of the Reform Party, has positioned the 2024 general election as the 'immigration election' and introduced his party's proposals in Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales.

Farage proposed a freeze on non-essential immigration, arguing it contributes to NHS waiting lists and the housing crisis.

He emphasized that the document he unveiled is a 'contract,' not a manifesto, to contrast it with traditional political promises.

Farage, known for his eurosceptic stance and leadership roles in the Brexit Party and UKIP, seeks to establish the Reform Party as a significant opposition in the future parliament, particularly aiming for a potential 2029 victory.

Key Reform policies include freezing non-essential immigration, deporting Channel migrants, reducing NHS waiting lists by cutting back-office waste and offering tax breaks to medical professionals, scrapping Net Zero targets in favor of fossil fuels, and leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

The party suggests its planned tax cuts and spending increases, costing approximately £140bn annually, could be balanced by savings elsewhere.

However, experts from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Tax Policy Associates criticize these financial assumptions as overly optimistic and unrealistic.

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