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Corbyn asks Trump to ensure health service not for sale in trade talks

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands outside an Arsenal FC merchandise shop near Finsbury Park during his general election campaign, in London, Britain December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to ask him to revise U.S. negotiating objectives for a post-Brexit trade deal to ensure Britain’s public health service is not included.

Corbyn, whose party is trailing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in the polls ahead of a Dec. 12 election, has sought to make Britain’s much-loved National Health Service (NHS) a key battleground in the vote.

Last week Corbyn handed reporters hundreds of pages of leaked documents summarising preliminary UK-US trade talks which he said provided evidence that Britain’s state-run health service was being offered up to the United States.

Johnson has said that “under no circumstances” would the NHS be on the table in negotiations.

In his letter, timed to coincide with Trump’s arrival in

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