Liberal Democrats bid to woo young voters with loans to leave home

Tenants will be able to use rent payments to buy their own homes under plans unveiled by the Liberal Democrats

Speaking at the launch of the party's manifesto in London, the Liberal Democrat leader said Mrs May's pursuit of a "hard Brexit" - taking Britain out of the single market and customs union - is a "time bomb under our economy" that will wreck Britain's future.

The party says they would offer a fresh vote - including the option to reject Brexit - after the terms of the deal were made clear. After 30 years, renters would own their homes outright, although tenants have the right to sell their property and cash out of their share at any time.

He also announced plans to bar new diesel cars and small vans from sale in the United Kingdom from 2025 to curb harmful emissions and an uncosted scrappage scheme.

"Imagine a brighter future", Farron said.

Under a Liberal Democrat government, more restaurants and takeaways would also be encouraged to present nutritional information.

The Liberal Democrats have said they will ban sales of diesel cars by 2025 if they get into power at Westminster.

The party says its plan to keep Scotland and the United Kingdom in the European Union single market no matter what will "remove the basis for the SNP's divisive proposed referendum on independence". You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

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And in an appeal to voters to support the Lib Dems, he said: "Theresa May and Nigel Farage's cold, mean-spirited Britain is not the Britain I love".

Sitting a distant third place in opinion polls ahead of the June 8 vote, the Lib Dems are styling themselves as the party of the 48 percent who voted a year ago to remain in the European Union.

The party also intends to expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, restoring government support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations (helping meet climate targets at least cost) and building more electricity interconnectors to underpin this higher reliance on renewables.

"This means leaving the single market, ending freedom of movement and abandoning the customs union - even though these choices will make the United Kingdom poorer and disappoint many leave voters who wanted a different outcome".

"We want to ensure that at the very least we still have membership of the single market". And the manifesto pledges to give 16-year-olds the vote in all UK-wide elections and referendums.

In order to fund the NHS and social care, the Lib Dems called for a "dedicated health and care tax on the basis of wide consultation, possibly on a reform of National Insurance contributions, which will bring together spending on both services into a collective budget and set out transparently, on people's payslips, what we spend on them".

12 Opposition to new selective schools, and democratic control for local councils over admissions and new schools.

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