Reform pledges net zero referendum in fresh challenge to Sunak

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Reform UK has promised to organize a vote on achieving net zero emissions, which presents a new obstacle for Rishi Sunak.

According to the leader of Reform, Richard Tice, his party would give their backing for a referendum resembling Brexit, which focuses on the 2050 climate target. Tice believes that this target is detrimental to both the economy and the lives of voters.

Last summer, Mr Sunak rejected the idea of holding a referendum after being urged by members of the Conservative Party, particularly those in influential positions in areas where the party is not well-established, to reconsider the hasty pursuit of achieving a carbon-neutral status.

Mr Tice and Nigel Farage, who serves as the honorary president of Reform, joined forces in 2022 to establish Vote Power, Not Poverty. This campaign group aimed to empower the public and give them a voice regarding the green targets that were initially established by Theresa May and are currently codified in law. However, the group's existence was relatively brief.

Mr. Tice made a commitment to his political party to maintain the same pledge of support. In his conversation with The Telegraph, he mentioned that despite Sunak ruling it out a few months back, they have been advocating for the same pledge for two years and continue to do so.

Lee Anderson, who was a past Tory deputy chairman and recently changed his political party and became Reform's initial MP, has stated that the upcoming general election will be a chance for people to share their opinions on a range of issues including the environment, migration, culture, education, taxes, our military, the elderly demographic, and the National Health Service. If you want to deal with these matters, vote for Reform.

A reliable source from the Government informed the Telegraph newspaper that, as a dominant economy, we have reduced our emissions by half - a remarkable feat that no one else has achieved. We have accomplished this by adopting a practical approach that not only supports economic growth but also shields families from the needless expense and additional taxes demanded by Labour politicians.

During the month of August, Mr. Sunak expressed that there was significant backing for pursuing a sensible approach towards achieving net zero by 2050. This statement came despite the government's decision to push back several shorter-term environmental goals, such as the prohibition of new petrol and diesel cars, which has been postponed for five years.

According to a YouGov survey conducted last summer, a significant majority of 71% voters approved of the general net zero target. This implies that if a referendum were organized, it would be a tough challenge for the Reform group to succeed.

According to the study, 63% of individuals who support the Conservative party were in favor of the objective while only 29% were against it. Among Brexit supporters, the figures fell slightly to 61% and 28%, respectively.

During the 2019 election, Boris Johnson supported the net zero goal. The Conservative Party manifesto also promised to achieve net zero by 2050 by investing in clean energy solutions and implementing green infrastructure in order to decrease pollution and carbon emissions.

Reform's recent actions demonstrate their efforts to position themselves as more conservative than the Conservatives. This was highlighted by Mr Tice's announcement on Monday, which pledged to implement an immigration policy where one person must leave before another can enter, withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights, and significant tax reductions.

Reform is getting a lot of support lately, with numbers as high as 16%. They are closing in on the Tories, as they gain more supporters who previously voted for Mr. Johnson in 2019 but have now lost faith in him.

There has been an increase in tensions between the Reform and Tory parties over the past few days. Mr Tice told a critical Tory MP to be quiet, which caused the Conservative chairman, Richard Holden, to call him a bully who makes threats.

According to a survey conducted by the Legatum Institute, over 40% of people intending to vote for the Reform party would consider switching to the Conservative party if they pledged to hold a referendum on immigration at a nationwide level.

According to a survey, 42% of people would consider voting for the Conservative party if they promised to hold a public vote on reducing the rate of net migration from roughly 700,000 to under 100,000. However, an additional 40% stated that they would not support the Conservative party regardless of this promise.

According to the survey, a majority of Reform voters think that net zero measures have had a negative impact on life in Britain. Specifically, 70% of respondents shared this view. When it comes to migration, the percentage increased further, with 85% expressing a belief that it has also made life worse in the country.

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