Corbyn of the United Kingdom asks Trump to ensure that the health service is not sold in business talks

LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - British opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to US President Donald Trump on Monday to ask him to review the US negotiating goals for a post-Brexit trade agreement to ensure that Britain's public health service is not included. Corbyn, whose party is following the conservatives of Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the polls before the December 12 elections, has tried to make Britain's beloved National Health Service (NHS) a key battlefield in the vote . Last week, Corbyn handed reporters hundreds of pages of leaked documents that summarized the preliminary trade talks between the United Kingdom and the United States, which he said provided evidence that Britain's state health service was being offered to U.S. Johnson has said that under no circumstances would the NHS be on the table in negotiations. In his letter, scheduled to coincide with Trump's arrival in Britain for a NATO summit, Corbyn said reviewing the negotiating goals of the United States would help reassure the British public that the U.S. government accepts that Our NHS is not for sale in any way. Their demands included excluding any reference to pharmaceutical products, eliminating demands for full market access to public services in the United Kingdom and ensuring that NHS patient data is exempt from digital commerce and data exchange provisions in any agreement. I am sure you understand that our next general election on December 12 means that the British public needs an urgent clarity that our NHS is really off the table in the trade talks between the United Kingdom and the United States and will not be exposed to higher costs of US pharmaceutical companies, said Corbyn wrote in the letter, published by his office. Last week, Johnson said it would be better if Trump, who got into British politics in October saying that Corbyn would be so bad for Britain, did not get involved in the elections during his visit. (Kylie MacLellan Report; Hugh Lawson Edition) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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