Sir Keir Starmer vows to cut taxes for working people and rules out Swiss-style EU deal | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer has said he wants to cut taxes for workers and has ruled out a Swiss-style deal with the EU if he wins the next election.

However, the action leader He declined to “clarify our statement now” when pressed for details on his position.

He said that the Labor Party’s offer would be “the stability and development of our economy,” stressing that “everything hinges on that.”

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“Too often Labor does not want to fight an election on the economy,” he told the Telegraph’s Chopper Politics podcast.

“We want to run on the economy. We have to grow our economy, because that’s the only way we can actually make the progress that we need to make.”

Sir Keir said the current tax burden was “hitting” workers – the highest sustained level since World War Two.

“I want lower taxes for working people.

“They’ve been hit over and over again, whether it’s on income tax, whether it’s National Insurance or council tax or stealth tax thresholds, everywhere you look.”

Sir Keir warned that it was “extremely important” that we not “make promises we cannot keep”.

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But asked if the hope lay in lower taxes if Labor won power, he said: “I’d like to see lower taxes for working people, yes.”

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Sir Keir was also asked how to improve Britain’s relationship with the European Union, After warnings from the experts Britain’s exit from the European Union has hurt the economy and hampered trade.

The Sunday Times reported that the government was considering a Swiss-style deal behind closed doors, however Rishi Sunak denied this was the case when he addressed business leaders on Monday.

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Sir Keir said he would also not seek a Swiss-style relationship with Brussels, which would mean closer compliance with the single market and EU laws.

The Labor leader said: “I went to Switzerland and studied this model and I will not work as a Swiss model.”

But he said the current deal was “not good enough”.

Sir Keir has also indicated that he has no intention of calling a second Scottish independence referendum during the next Parliament, as he has ruled out an agreement with the SNP.

This comes after the Supreme Court ruled that another referendum on independence be held It cannot be held without the support of Westminsterin a huge blow to Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP.

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The next general election is not due until January 2025 at the latest, but Labor is positioning itself as a government-in-waiting as the party has a significant lead in the polls.

However, Sir Keir said he had warned his shadow cabinet against “complacency” and insisting that “every vote must be won”.

One of the challenges for the Labor leader is standing up to a host of public sector strikes sweeping the country, with critics saying his position is unclear.

Sir Keir argued that his MPs should not be in the strike ranks, saying it was their job to focus on getting into government so they could negotiate with the workers.

The government should “get out of the way”

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Sir Keir said so were the nurses “Driven” to industry action next month by the government, calling it a “badge of shame” for Number 10.

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Sir Keir Starmer says nurses across the UK have been “pushed” by the government into striking, calling it a “badge of shame” over No 10

“It seems that the Minister of Health is not even ready to turn around the table to continue negotiations to avoid the strike,” he said.

“And frankly, if the government is tired of governing, it should get out of the way and let a different government come in and deal with basic questions like staffing shortages.”

Asked if he supported nurses’ demands for a 19% increase in wages, Sir Keir said Labor would “get around the table and solve the problem”.

“You’ll never have a Labor health minister saying, ‘I’m not going to go around the table to continue discussions. The evidence is there,'” he said.

“When the Labor Party was in power we didn’t have nurses’ strikes and in fact we had fair wages for nurses.

“So the difference between what Labor is going to do and what this government is doing couldn’t be clearer.”

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