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To think Corbyn does not understand trade talks

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Yarboosucks · 27/11/2019 14:56

The problem with Corbyn is that he has spent his entire political career opposing everything and as a consequence has never been involved in trade negotiations.

The US are allowed and are entitled to state what they would like to negotiate on. The UK are then entitled to do the same. After much backwards and forwards and time, an agreement is eventually hammered out.

The access to the UK market for their pharmaceutical companies is and would always be part of a trade negotiation and will be part of all negotiations with the US, Europe and all the other countries we will have to negotiate because of Brexit.

If he does not understand this, then it is just another reason for his not being fit for office.

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MojoMoon · 27/11/2019 15:37

How many UK politicians have been involved in trade talks?

Almost none. The UK hasn't negotiated any significant trade deals on its own since joining the EU because the whole point is the EU negotiates as a block.

The government had initially hired an Australian as chief trade deal negotiator because there are no Brits with any experience unless they worked in the European Commission trade department.


And I am sure he does understand it, he is just highlighting the risk the Tories pose to the NHS.

The whole redacted documents part might be a bit of showmanship but the risk the pose to the NHS is not hyperbole.

angemorange · 27/11/2019 15:40

Think he understands them much better than a lot of voters - especially the ones who think the NHS is safe in Johnson's hands.

DefConOne · 27/11/2019 15:42

We already have deals with US pharmaceutical companies and thanks to our membership at the EU on favourable terms to the UK.

As an NHS employee I am concerned about delivery of services by US companies being the price we pay for trade with the US.

JasonPollack · 27/11/2019 15:44

Bullshit. Kier Starmer, the shadow brexit Secretary has spent a huge amount of time in Brussels having parallel brexit talks.

What Corbyn does not agree with is allowing US private healthcare companies to package and parcel off the rest of our NHS, and I have to say that I agree with him.

It would be the absolute death knell of the NHS as we know it.

Yarboosucks · 27/11/2019 15:54

Parallel Brexit talks in Brussels are completely different to international trade negotiations; in substance and nature.

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Spamantha · 27/11/2019 16:21

We're going to be in such a weak negotiating position post-Brexit, and a US trade deal will be sufficiently important for our economy that, if the US want a slice of our healthcare systems they'll get it.

And people currently saying 'there's no way Boris will sell of the NHS' will switch to telling us why it's no big deal anyway.

WrongKindOfFace · 27/11/2019 16:27

What makes you think Boris knows a heck of a lot about trade deals?

Let’s just hope they don’t put Grayling in charge.

Yarboosucks · 27/11/2019 18:29

Corbyn is sitting on the fence when it comes to Brexit. If Brexit goes ahead, any government will have to negotiate trade deals. That means that any party will face other countries who will want access to our markets as we will want access to theirs. I suppose that if there is a US drug that can treat/cure/control MS for example, posters on here would want UK patients to have access.

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Yarboosucks · 27/11/2019 18:30

For the record I am posting this as an ardent remainer who is not voting Conservative.

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