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Reform UK proposes 'freeze' on immigration

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🗞️ Driving the news: Reform UK, led by Nigel Farage, has proposed a "freeze" on non-essential immigration, blaming it for NHS waiting lists and the housing crisis
• Farage launched the proposal in south Wales, aiming to establish Reform UK as a significant opposition to Labour

🔭 The context: Farage, a prominent Eurosceptic and former MEP, has led multiple political movements, including UKIP and the Brexit Party
• His latest proposal includes five core pledges, emphasizing immigration control, tax cuts, and abandoning Net Zero targets

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Reform UK's plan to scrap Net Zero targets and focus on fossil fuels poses a significant shift away from climate crisis mitigation efforts, potentially increasing the UK's carbon footprint

⏭️ What's next: Farage aims to establish a foothold in Parliament and build a large opposition movement, with long-term goals set for the 2029 general election
• The financial feasibility of their plans remains contentious

💬 One quote: "If I say to you 'manifesto' your immediate word association is 'lie'," said Farage, differentiating his proposals from traditional party manifestos

📈 One stat: Reform UK's planned tax cuts and spending increases are estimated to cost nearly £140bn per year, with proposed savings of £150bn, though experts dispute the viability of these figures

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