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 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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