By the time you read this blog post you may already have some idea how you’ll choose to vote come June 8th. On the other hand, you may still be as confused as ever. While we’d never tell you how to vote, we can offer a little information regarding the policies and pledges that have been put forward to date; namely those that could, and will, affect British businesses in the days, weeks, and months following the announcement of the results. The last few months have been incredibly confusing for businesses of every kind and size, so here’s hoping we’ll soon have some clarity.
So, who’s promising what?
Theresa May’s party is keen to maintain power, and has released a manifesto in order to appeal to the voting majority. While promises to cut immigration, raise the tax-free personal allowance, increase NHS funding, and means-test winter fuel payments are causing controversy and conversation, it’s those pertaining to British businesses that we’re most interested in. The Conservatives have pledged:
Jeremy Corbyn may have come under fire in recent months for his inabilities to lead his party, but the Labour leader has some serious views when it comes to the treatment of British workers and businesses. He has pledged to:
The Liberal Democrats may be a third wheel in a two pony race, but their manifesto makes for interesting reading if you happen to own a business, are planning to start a family, or disagreed with the results of the Brexit referendum. Tim Farron’s party has pledged to:
As you can see, each party’s policies are starkly different. We have a choice on our hands, indeed. If you’re still unsure please check out the BBC’s live coverage of the election campaign trail. You’ll find everything you need to know here. While no one can be sure how the results of the general election will directly affect British businesses, we are confident that the arrival of a new, or stronger majority government, will at least offer us all a clearer idea of policy and practice. We may also receive a better idea of the kind of Brexit we face too; hard, soft, or red, white, or blue, Brexit is on its way – whether we like it or not. However, the results of the general election should at least make it easier to understand how we will all move forward following the triggering of Article 50.
Whichever way you vote in this June’s general election make sure you’re doing so for all of the right reasons. How will you chosen party’s pledge benefit your business? What kind of trade deals could you expect to be making? One thing we can be sure of is the role of VoIP. Indeed, VoIP will continue to play an integral part in British business communication, with us offering information and support every step of the way. Please drop us a line 0333 002 0000, or contact us for more information.
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