Releasing the party’s manifesto, co-leader Caroline Lucas has said that a vote for the Green party is a vote for “a confident and caring country we can all be proud of”
The party’s pledges to fill the funding gap and reverse privatisation in the NHS as well as work towards a universal basic income – a flat rate paid to all people whether or not they are in employment in response to the robotisation of jobs.
The Green Party have also pledged to not only abolish university fees but write off existing student debt.
Lucas said that the manifesto is about “protecting our environment for our children and grandchildren [and] saving our NHS from crisis and ridding it of private sector profiteering”
“It means giving people a proper say on the Brexit deal, not shutting them out of the process. And it means exploring changes to our economy to make it fairer and fit for the future,” she added.
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the party, said: “By voting Green on 8 June, people can elect MPs who will always fight their corner, and push for the major changes we need to make this country a world leader, rather than the little Britain envisioned by the Tories.
“We are unapologetic in fighting to remain close to Europe, and in defending free movement as a wonderful gift to my generation that is being robbed from the next. We will always defend our public services, stand up for our NHS and push for bold changes so our economy delivers on fairness and on pioneering new technology,”
Regarding the EU referendum, the party will hope to immediately guarantee the rights of EU citizens and protect freedom of movement. They also want to give the British public the final say on any EU deal struck.
“Green MPs elected on 8 June can be trusted to protect our public services, fight for a close relationship with the EU and truly hold whoever is in government to account.” Lucas will say.
“If we do end up with a Tory government you can be sure that the Green MP’s will hold Theresa May’s feet under fire.”