‘A VOTE for Johnson’s Conservatives is a vote to betray our NHS in a sell-out to Trump,’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday launching his Party’s Brexit strategy in the upcoming election.
‘Johnson’s Trump-deal Brexit puts a price tag on our National Health Service, so we will say it again and again until the message gets through to the White House “Our NHS is not for sale!” ’
He said: ‘Boris Johnson’s Conservatives want to hijack Brexit to sell out the NHS and sell out working people by stripping away their rights.
‘Given the chance, they’ll run down our rights at work, our entitlements to holidays, breaks and leave.
‘Given the chance, they’ll slash food standards to match the US, where what are called “acceptable levels” of rat hairs in paprika, and maggots in orange juice are allowed, and they’ll put chlorinated chicken on our supermarket shelves.’
Outlining his Brexit plan Corbyn said: ‘A Labour government will get Brexit sorted within six months by giving you, the British people, the final say. And despite what some commentators want you to believe, Labour’s plan for Brexit is clear and simple.
‘It won’t be a rerun of 2016. This time the choice will be between leaving with a sensible deal or remaining in the European Union. That’s the policy. It really isn’t complicated.
‘So an incoming Labour government will first secure a sensible deal. That will take no longer than three months because the deal will be based on terms we’ve already discussed with the EU, including a new customs union, a close single market relationship and guarantees of rights and protections.
‘It’s a deal that will protect British manufacturing and respect the precious peace in Northern Ireland.
‘And then we’ll put that deal to a public vote. So if you want to leave the EU without trashing our economy or selling out our NHS, you’ll be able to vote for it. If you want to remain in the EU, you’ll be able to vote for that.’
Meanwhile Johnson, speaking at his last cabinet meeting, said: ‘Do you want to go forward with our agenda which is to get Brexit done, and then get on to delivering all the wonderful things that we want to do for this country in 2020, not just improving the NHS and education, but improving the infrastructure of this country as well, in the one nation way which we all believe in, or do you want to waste 2020, which can be an absolutely fantastic year for the nation, with two more referendums, one on the European Union, on a decision that is yet to be properly outlined, under Jeremy Corbyn, and one which risks the break up of the rest of the union, between Scotland and the UK. What a calamitous way to spend 2020. That is the choice before us.’