THE election campaign is now well underway and the political parties will soon be releasing their manifestos.
Here’s everything you need to know about what to expect from the Brexit Party.
When will the Brexit Party manifesto come out?
The Brexit Party have confirmed they won’t be releasing a manifesto.
Speaking to LBC, leader Nigel Farage said the word ‘manifesto’ was a “horrible, horrible word that equates to ‘lie'”.
Instead, the party will release a “contract with the British people”, though it hasn’t yet confirmed when or what the contract will say.
A full list of policies can be found on the party’s website.
What have the Brexit Party announced so far?
The Brexit Party’s platform the election is – unsurprisingly – focused on Brexit.
The party opposes the deal negotiated by Boris Johnson because it includes a transition period that would see the UK remain bound by the Common Fisheries Policy and certain rulings by the European Court of Justice for a limited period.
The party instead favours leaving the European Union without a deal.
It says it would then invest £100bn in local road and rail schemes in what it calls the “left behind regions”, and that it would seek to promote investment, jobs, and tourism in fishing and coastal communities.
It also wants to invest in digital infrastructure so as to provide free broadband in homes and on all public transport.
It says it would pay for its plans by scrapping HS2, refusing to pay the £39bn Britain owes to the EU, and cutting the foreign budget in half.
It also wants to see political reforms, including a proportional voting system, the abolition of the House of Lords, and a written constitution.
What else can we expect?
The party has released a long list of commitments on its website and is unlikely to spend the campaign making big policy announcements.
Instead, it will focus on campaigning against Boris Johnson’s deal and for its own vision of Brexit.
Its strategy will likely be as much about keeping up pressure on the Conservative party as winning seats for itself.
It is also encouraging supporters who want to “get Brexit done” not to give in to what it calls “Brexit fatigue” by backing Boris Johnson’s deal.
What do the polls say?
Polling company Britain Elects, whose poll tracker provides an average figure from a range of polls, found the Brexit Party’s support steadily climbing after it was founded in January.
The party peaked at 20.3 per cent in June, but declined after Boris Johnson became leader of the Conservative Party, and by earlier November was on around 10.0 per cent.
This week, Farage announced the party would not field candidates in any of the 317 seats won by the Conservative Party at the last election, a move which saw its national support fall to around seven percent.
The party still says it will contest other constituencies, and will be targeting particularly Labour seats that voted Leave, but is not expected to win many seats if it wins any at all.