Jim Pickard @PickardJE Chief Political Correspondent, Financial Times Nov. 27, 2019 1 min read


Corbyn brandishes 450 pages of leaked documents about preliminary “secret” trade talks between US and UK in which Washington demands access to NHS for American healthcare companies

So that’s today’s reading sorted then

Here are the key elements in the pile of documents

Corbyn asked killer question by @bbclaurak - does Labour has any actual proof that UK ministers privately suggested to Washington that healthcare could form part of trade deal?


All Corbyn can say is that ministers “sanctioned” and were aware of the talks by officials.

Also something shifty about handing out 450 pages of documents to journalists and then sounding angry that they are asking questions about other stuff as well as the documents they literally have had no time to read in detail yet....

in truth this seems fairly thin material buried in the 451 pages when you boil it down to the essentials.

page 41: US is anti-food warning labels.

page 43: US desire to sell us their chlorine-washed chicken.

page 119: US “pushing their positions” re longer drug patents.

Although this is very striking insight into how Trump perceived the future trade talks....”all to play for in a No Deal situation”....

meanwhile am told that NHS is mentioned only 3 or 4 times in the entire 451 pages

Here’s the Tory response from @trussliz

or, if you can't be bothered to read the press release

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