Johnson pledges tax cuts, gets election boost after four MEPs quit Brexit Party Dec 06, 2019 0 1070 12345 DPALondonPrime Minister Boris Johnson promised British voters tax cuts on Thursday as he was boosted by the backing of four Brexit Party politicians ahead of next week’s snap election.Johnson made a series of pledges via Conservative-friendly newspapers for his first 100 days in office if he wins a parliamentary majority next week, including tax cuts averaging some 200 pounds (260 dollars) annually for each family.The four Members of the European Parliament backed his pledge to “get Brexit done” on January 31 under the deal he agreed with Brussels.In a joint statement, Lance Forman, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Lucy Harris and John Longworth told supporters of Brexit they “have to change [their] vote and support Boris Johnson’s Conservative party.” Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said Johnson cannot be trusted to deliver Brexit and rejected his deal in favour of a “clean break” with the EU.“My fellow MEPs are wrong again to trust Boris, as would be the nation,” Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib tweeted following the four defections.Opinion polls suggest a comfortable parliamentary majority for the Conservatives is the most likely outcome of the election. But Labour and the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats could win some marginal seats under Britain’s winner-takes-all, constituency-based system, if the pro-Brexit vote is split between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party.“Folks, every vote is going to count at this election,” Johnson tweeted on Thursday, without mentioning the Brexit Party defections. “You can use yours to put an end to the uncertainty and to get Brexit done!” As well as ensuring that Britain leaves the EU, the Conservatives said Johnson would “cut taxes for workers,” guarantee extra funding for health and education, and change the law to “end automatic release of serious offenders.” The pledges represent “a strong and optimistic Conservative agenda to move Britain forward,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted. RELATED ARTICLES Strike paralyses France as unions face off against Macron Dec 06, 2019 0 255 Ex-US secretary of state Kerry endorses Biden for president Dec 06, 2019 0 1674 Trump likely to face at least three articles of impeachment Dec 06, 2019 0 684 At least 58 migrants drown as boat sinks off Mauritania Nouakchott: At least 58 migrants trying reach Europe from West Africa died as their makeshift boat capsized off the coast of Mauritania, but dozens of survivors managed to swim to shore. Wednesday’s sinking was the .. Italy’s ruling Five Star ‘steals’ voters’ data via Facebook app DPA Rome Italy’s ruling Five Star Movement (M5S) used underhand methods similar to Cambridge Analytica for the mass profiling of voters ahead of 2013 and 2014 elections, according to a media report. The data harvesting .. Wolf attacks on farm animals on the rise in Germany Berlin: Sheep are the main victims of attacks by wolves in Germany, which have shown a significant increase in recent years as numbers of the once-rare predators rise, government figures showed on Thursday. According to .. US indicts hackers with alleged Russian intelligence ties Washington: The US Justice Department unveiled indictments on Thursday of two Russians with ties to their country’s intelligence services, who ran a major global cybertheft operation under the name Evil Corp. An .. Trump lawyer meets Ukrainian MP Kiev: US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer discussed “international corruption” with an MP in Kiev who had claimed to have dirt on the White House’s Democratic rivals, the Ukrainian lawmaker said on Thursday. .. Trump says ‘will win’ impeachment fight Washington: A defiant President Donald Trump predicted on Thursday he “will win,” after the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives gave the greenlight for impeachment. “The good thing is that the ..