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Crawley’s Lib Dem candidate challenges Tory opponent to reject Brexit no-deal

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Crawley, Khalil Yousuf has today challenged the local Conservative candidate to rule out a no-deal Brexit in December 2020.

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The challenge, just a few days before polling day, follows Boris Johnson refusing to rule out a no-deal exit from the EU.

Under the Conservative Party’s plan, the UK will have until December 2020 to deliver the second phase of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the EU. However, the plans also say Boris Johnson will not seek any extension despite overwhelming evidence showing that time-frame is near impossible.

The Liberal Democrats claim that this means the Tories are signing up to crash the UK out of the EU without a deal.

Khalil Yousuf yesterday wrote to Henry Smith, the Conservative candidate for Crawley, to ask them to rule out a no-deal Brexit in December 2020 which Mr Yousuf says would cause severe economic damage and put jobs at risk in Crawley.

You can read the letter here.

Commenting on the announcement, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Crawley Khalil Yousuf, said:

“It is clear that the Conservatives are now effectively the party of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. They are content to see the UK cra sh out of the EU without a deal.

“Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan is already a disaster for people in Crawley, but he has now made things even worse by putting the UK on a collision course with a no – deal Brexit
in December 2020. That means more harm to our NHS, more uncertainty for businesses, more jobs lost.

“People in Crawley have a right to know whether Henry Smith supports the reckless and dangerous plan Boris Johnson is proposing. That is why I have written to Henr y Smith to urge them to rule out supporting any deal that risks a no deal cliff edge in December 2020.

“The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to stop Brexit. We are the strongest party for Remainers and we know that there is no deal as good as the one we have in the EU.”

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Kickstarting the recovery

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As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.

The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.

Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.

The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.

Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.

Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.

Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via: www.gov.uk/kickstart

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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