'Theresa May has stoked fears that the NHS will be “for sale” in a trade deal with the US after Brexit, after refusing to say it will be excluded from the talks.
The Prime Minister was warned that a “key objective” for Washington would be gaining access to the health service, which is being opened up to more private firms.
“Can she give an absolute guarantee that, in those negotiations, the NHS will be excluded from their scope” asked Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader.
“Can she confirm that, in her conversations with President Trump, she has made it absolutely clear to him the NHS is not for sale?”
But, in her reply, during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, Ms May said it was too early to judge what “requirements” the US would have in those post-Brexit trade talks.
Her answer failed to mention the NHS at all, instead saying negotiations were already “starting” to try to boost trans-Atlantic trade, even before Britain leaves the EU.
The Prime Minister added: “He doesn’t know what they are going to say are their requirements for that free trade agreement.
“We will go into those negotiations to get the best possible deal for the United Kingdom.”
The comments were seized on by Peter Kyle, a Labour MP and supporter of the pro-EU Open Britain campaign, who said: “Theresa May just gave Donald Trump the green light to get his hands on our National Health Service.”'
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