US President Donald Trump made it clear today that he expects the NHS to be “on the table” in any post-Brexit UK-US trade deal, as well as “a lot more than that”.
Commenting, Dr Paul Williams, practicing GP, Labour MP and leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:
“In case anyone was still in any doubt about Donald Trump’s intention to get his hands on our NHS, the US President just made it crystal clear.
“It has long been apparent that he and those around him want to use Brexit as an opportunity to lower our food standards, raise prescription drug prices and prise open the NHS for competition from American companies. But his insistence today that everything, including the NHS, must be “on the table” in trade talks was as shocking as it was insulting.
“Trump wants to bounce whoever succeeds Theresa May as Prime Minister into signing a hasty America First trade deal. And he knows that a car crash No Deal Brexit - for which there is no mandate from the public - would be the quickest way of getting the UK to submit to his demands. That is not the behaviour of a friend to Britain. It’s the behaviour of a bully.
“We need a People’s Vote so that the British people – not Donald Trump – can have the final say on the facts of Brexit, and determine the future we want for our NHS and our country.”
Notes to Editors:
Video of Trump’s remarks can be seen here: https://twitter.com/peoplesvote_uk/status/1135904200548847616