NHS ‘not for sale’ says PM in first Commons clash with Corbyn

Mr Johnson said the NHS is 'not for sale'

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Boris Johnson today insisted that his government would not use the National Health Service in any free trade deal, in his first Commons head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn.

The leader of the opposition asked whether Mr Johnson - who he referred to as "Britain's Trump" - would “rule out once and for all” selling the NHS to American healthcare companies.

The Prime Minister responded: “Under no circumstances would we agree to any deal, any free trade deal, that put the NHS on the table and it is not for sale.”

He went on to praise his party, claiming that “for 44 years of its 71-year existence, it is the NHS that has benefitted from Conservative policies and Conservative government".

In his first address to the House of Commons, the Prime Minster also promised a consultation into an Australian-style points-based immigration system.

He said: “No one believes more strongly than me in the benefits of migration to our country” but insisted that the “immigration system has to change".

On Brexit, Mr Johnson renewed his commitment to meeting the October 31 deadline, and confirmed that Britain will not be nominating a new UK Commissioner to the EU Commission.

While Mr Corbyn welcomed the government’s guarantee of certainty to 3.2 million EU nationals to remain living in the UK, he confirmed that his party “will oppose any deal that fails to protect jobs, workers’ rights or environmental protections". 

The opposition leader added that if a second referendum were to occur, “Labour would campaign to remain".

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