Transatlantic trade deals

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has called on the government to protect the NHS from any transatlantic trade deal post-Brexit during International Trade Questions in Parliament recently. 

During International Trade Questions, Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“The Minister will be aware of the potential threat to the NHS from any transatlantic trade deal done by the EU. Will he give a cast-iron guarantee that any post-Brexit deal done with the US will maintain the principles of the NHS, free at the point of use?

 

Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, responded:

 

“Of course post-EU it will be the Government and this Parliament that will determine what trade arrangements we have, not the European Union. I understand the hon. Gentleman’s passionate defence of the NHS: I trained and worked in the NHS as a doctor. Under this Government the NHS will not be for sale, and I would hope that is something we can agree across the House.”

 

Stephen Hepburn MP added:

 

“Theresa May stood next to Donald Trump as he said our NHS will be “on the table” in a US trade deal. 

 

“Our NHS is very precious and our health service must not – and never would be for sale under a Labour government. I will continue to press the government strongly on this issue at every opportunity.

 

Meet your MP

 Stephen-Hepburn-MP

Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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