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Jeremy Corbyn set for Donald Trump showdown in Buckingham Palace - ‘NHS not for sale’

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn is planning to confront Donald Trump over concerns that the US President wants parts of the National Health Service to be included in any future trade deal after Brexit.

Mr Corbyn appears keen to make political capital out of his visit by seeking to make put the future of the on centre stage. Both men will be visit Buckingham Palace reception this evening before tomorrow’s meeting in Watford to mark ’s 70th anniversary. Labour Party sources have confirmed tonight’s event, which is hosted by the Queen, will be the first time the two men have met.

However, speaking today, Mr Trump insisted he wanted nothing to do with the NHS and said even if the UK handed it over “on a silver platter”, he would not want it.

Last week, the Labour Party leader called a press conference at which he brandished an unredacted report that gave details of meetings between US and UK officials, where they discussed the stipulations of a free trade deal between the two nations after Britain leaves the European Union.

The document included confirmation of a round of meetings “dedicated solely to patents and pharmaceuticals”, where officials explained how drugs were approved for use on the NHS and described a US request for “total market access” to UK public services - a form of privatisation - as a “baseline” for an agreement.

US President Donald Trump and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY)Donald Trump denied wanting to acquire the NHS (Image: Reuters)

Mr Corbyn outlined his fears in a letter to Mr Trump yesterday.

In it, he wrote: “As you will know, the potential impact of any future UK-US trade agreement on our National Health Service and other vital public services is of profound concern to the British public.

“A critical issue in this context is the cost of drugs to our NHS.

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Jeremy Corbyn with the report last week (Image: GETTY)

“The cost of patented drugs in the US is approximately 2.5 times higher than in the UK, and the price of the top 20 medicines is 4.8 times higher than in the UK.

“Any increase in the NHS drugs bill would be an unacceptable outcome of US-UK trade negotiations.

“Yet you have given a number of clear and worrying indications that this is exactly what you hope to achieve.”


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Donald Trump with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg (Image: Reuters)A key phrase from the report suggesting "all would be to play for" (Image: GETTY)

Asked by reporters whether the NHS should be on the table in trade talks, Mr Trump said: “No, not at all, I have nothing to do with it.

“Never even thought about it, honestly.”

Mr Trump added: “I don’t even know where that rumour started.

The NHS is a big concern for voters (Image: Daily Express)

“We have absolutely nothing to do with it and we wouldn’t want to if you handed it to us on a silver platter.

“We want nothing to do with it.”

Mr Trump also insisted he would work well with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn if he became Prime Minister.

He said: “I can work with anybody.

There are concerns a UK/US trade deal could push up the price of prescription drugs (Image: GETTY)

“I’m a very easy person to work with.”

However, in October he told Nigel Farage during an appearance on his LBC radio programme: “Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you on such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places.”

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr last year about whether healthcare would be included in a future UK/US health deal, Woody Johnson, the US Ambassador to the UK, said: “I think probably the entire economy, in a trade deal all things that are traded will be on the table.”

Peggy Grande, the US-based founder of World4Brexit and a staunch support of Mr Trump, told Express.co.uk: "Both President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson have clearly stated and reiterated there is no validity to these claims.

"Both he and Prime Minister Johnson have indicated they look forward to robust trade agreements post-Brexit, as close allies and strong trading partners. That remains true.

"President Trump has always been very transparent about his goals and intentions and since his election in 2016 he has relentlessly pursued fulfilling his election promises to the United States and to the world, and has done so with great success."

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