Trump’s comments about the NHS should have been a turning point for Brexit
- Credit: PA
There we have it: 'When you're dealing in trade,' declared Donald Trump gleefully on his state visit, 'everything's on the table, so NHS or anything else or a lot more than that but everything will be on the table, absolutely.'
Surely this must be the real, decisive turning point. The moment when, finally, the harsh realities of Brexit hit home with swathes of Brexiters; when, through the thinning fog of Farage and Vote Leave's lies, they suddenly glimpse Trump's vultures circling overhead, ready to descend and feast on our country's cherished NHS.
If anything, the Donald's apparent retraction the next day made it worse.
In their little tete-a-tete after the press conference, one can imagine a panicked Farage pleading, "Deny everything! Call it fake news! Or else Brexit will just go down the pan!"
You may also want to watch:
For the past few weeks Farage has been on the offensive. From now on, he will forever be on the defensive.
Nothing now could ever completely convince anyone that the NHS, our EU food standards, our farming jobs are safe from Trump's grasping little hands.
- 1 Tory MP blames 'chaotic parents' for children going to school hungry
- 2 Boris Johnson 'hid in bedroom' to avoid grilling on Brexit stance days before becoming PM
- 3 Danny Dyer praised for criticisms of Tory party - pointing out Etonians can't run the country
- 4 George Osborne says it is 'game over' for Boris Johnson over free school meals
- 5 UKIP set to select 'Dr Gammons' as candidate for London mayoral election
- 6 Liz Truss' department slammed for false claim about cost of soy sauce after Brexit
- 7 Andy Burnham could have been 'halfway through tenure as PM by now', claims commentator
- 8 Minister sparks concerns about pig semen after Brexit
- 9 Minister says he 'doesn't understand' accusation he's starving kids in holidays
- 10 Piers Morgan calls Boris Johnson a 'blustering buffoon' in attack on PM's handling of Covid-19 pandemic
If you had still had any illusions that our NHS would survive Brexit, these will have been dispelled by the statement of Trump's ambassador Woody Johnson that "the US will want business access to the NHS in any trade deal". Indeed, some have speculated that access to the NHS, along with the rest of the economy, is the real reason behind Trump's visit.
This should come as no surprise, for the Stronger In campaign always warned that the country could have Brexit or the NHS, but not both. The NHS has long been envied by Americans, compared to their wasteful and expensive system, at the same time as our own politicians paradoxically sought to emulate the US model by introducing market forces and business practices.
No British institution is as revered and respected, and to see it become a branch of McDonald's would be the ultimate sacrilege. We must defend it to the last.
Dr John King
Charges in the USA for a week's hospitalisation are around $25,000. Serious stuff can be $100,000 plus.
If you are undergoing cancer treatment and your insurance runs out you removed to a hospice.
I have seen pictures of actual American hospital invoices, one of which shows a charge of $40 for holding a newborn baby, listed as 'skin to skin'.
M J Bunting
Nigel Farage has taken it on himself to negotiate a trade deal with Trump's USA. In effect he is suggesting that he sell our nation to the Americans, against the will of the people and parliament.
Is this bordering on treason?
The agenda of the USA is so clear, to sow discontent in Europe, to create division between friends and a market for their arms industry. The 'special relationship' is all in their favour, and any promise of a trade deal with them will be the same.
If our elected politicians insist on wilfully driving us into the status of 51st state then the only thing that we can do as individuals is to boycott anything produced in the US.
- What do you think? Send your letters to email@example.com and pick up a copy of the newspaper every Thursday for two pages of letters.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.