- Travel and tourism: Britain is an outward-looking country with commercial and leisure interests around the world, particularly in Europe. We will strive to retain traveller and tourist benefits such as the European Health Insurance Card, reduced roaming charges and pet passports, all of which are at risk by leaving the European Union
- We must protect support for domestic industries such as farming, tourism and the creative industries, as well as regional support for deprived areas.
- Britain’s natural environment is precious. The countryside, wildlife and urban green spaces are critical to health, wellbeing and a sense of community. The quality of the environment also underpins key industries such as agriculture and tourism.
- The terms of our future relationship with the EU have been negotiated (over the next two years on the Government’s timetable), we will put that deal to a vote of the British people in a referendum
- We will press for the UK to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK. Any deal negotiated for the UK outside the EU must protect the right to work, travel, study and retire across the EU. Any restrictions sought by the government must take account of the vital importance of EU workers to the British economy
- We will do everything we can to protect Erasmus+ and other EU-funded schemes which increase opportunities for young people.A programme of installing hyperfast, fibre-optic broadband across the UK.
- Significant investment in road and rail infrastructure, including a continued commitment to HS2, Crossrail 2 and rail electrification.
- Review Business Rates to reduce burdens on small firms, and make them the priority for any future business tax cuts
- Reform the Regulatory Policy Committee to remove unnecessary regulation, reduce regulatory uncertainty, and support new markets and investment,
- Aim to double the number of SMEs participating in the digital economy by supporting ICT capital expenditure by businesses in non-digital sectors.
- Establish an independent review to consult on how to set a genuine living wage across all sectors.
- Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts. We will create a formal right to request a fixed contract and consult on introducing a right to make regular patterns of work contractual after a period of time
- Devolve further revenue-raising powers away from Westminster....
- Develop a strategic airports policy for the whole of the UK, taking full account of the impacts on climate change and local pollution. We remain opposed to any expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick and any new airport in the Thames Estuary and will focus instead on improving existing regional airports such as Birmingham and Manchester. We will ensure no net increase in runways across the UK
- Invest £2 billion in innovative solutions to ensure the provision of highspeed broadband across the rural UK, working with local authorities and providing grants to help areas replicate the success of existing community-led projects. Maintain free access to national museums and galleries.
The Liberal Democrats main tourism-related policies include:
Adrian Greason-Walker. WTA Policy Advocate. Specialises in Tourism and Environmental Management.