Here at Your Brexit we often take a look through past stories in the media to see if there is anything that we have missed, and it has just been brought to our attention that a leaked paper from Brussels last year shows that remaining in the European Union could result in the NHS being KILLED OFF altogether.
This story has appeared in The Express previously, and it centres around ‘secretive’ trade talks between top US and EU officials about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Because of the efforts of Greenpeace Netherlands, it is now possible for the wider public to see details of these talks, and in short there is clear evidence that under the TTIP any government-owned body could be ‘privatised or dismantled entirely.’
In the case of the United Kingdom in particular, government bodies do not get any bigger than the National Health Service.
According to The Express:
The documents, obtained by Greenpeace Netherlands, include a US proposal to have a committee with representatives from Washington and Brussels to meet each year “to review state-owned enterprises and monopolies” which would include the NHS.
We love the use of the word ‘could’ when it comes to reporting anything about the European Union, because we know that this is the sort of organisation where ‘could’ becomes ‘will’ all too often.
We accept that dismantling the NHS under the rule of the European Union is a vague possibility that would require a number of steps to take place first, but the fact remains that our NHS is too precious and valued to be exposed to even tiny risks such as these.
It all shows that Britain made the right decision in June 2016.
Say what you like about big red buses making NHS-related promises, but as far as we are concerned if TTIP poses even the tiniest threat to our health service, we are best WELL out of it.
One other part of the Express article does demand further investigation:
The committee would meet annually and would not be guaranteed a representative from Britain.
But it would still be able to review state-run services in this country. Its duties would include checking that state services do not “distort” the market.
With our future now clearly outside of the European Union, would any sort of EU-US trade group be able to pass judgement on how our NHS is affecting the global marketplace?
What sort of influence would they be able to exert upon our post-Brexit trading partners in this manner, EU and otherwise?
Do we as a nation have the cojones go just tell them to mind their own bloody business? I hope so …