LONDON — British opposition Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn wrote to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to ask him to revise U.S. negotiating aims for a post-Brexit commerce deal to make sure Britain’s public well being service just isn’t included.
Corbyn, whose get together is trailing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives within the polls forward of a Dec. 12 election, has sought to make Britain’s much-loved Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) a key battleground within the vote.
Final week Corbyn handed reporters lots of of pages of leaked paperwork summarizing preliminary UK-US commerce talks which he mentioned offered proof that Britain’s state-run well being service was being supplied as much as the USA.
Johnson has mentioned that “certainly not” would the NHS be on the desk in negotiations.
In his letter, timed to coincide with Trump’s arrival in Britain for a NATO summit, Corbyn mentioned revising U.S. negotiating aims would assist reassure the British public that “the US authorities accepts that our NHS just isn’t on the market in any kind.”
His calls for included excluding any reference to prescription drugs, dropping calls for for “complete market entry” to UK public companies and making certain NHS affected person information is exempt from digital commerce and information sharing provisions in any settlement.
“I’m certain you perceive that our coming Normal Election on 12th December means the British public want pressing readability that our NHS is genuinely off the desk in UK-US commerce talks and won’t be uncovered to increased prices from US medicine firms,” Corbyn wrote within the letter, launched by his workplace.
Final week Johnson mentioned it could be finest if Trump, who waded into British politics in October by saying Corbyn can be “so dangerous” for Britain, didn’t become involved within the election throughout his go to. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson)