General election news – live: Boris Johnson to meet Trump amid Tory NHS privatisation warnings, as Corbyn faces This Morning interrogation

General election news – live: Boris Johnson to meet Trump amid Tory NHS privatisation warnings, as Corbyn faces This Morning interrogation

Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed Donald Trump to the UK for Nato talks with a letter demanding the president takes the NHS “off the table” in any post-Brexit trade deal. The Labour leader is set to appear on ITV’s This Morninglater.

Mr Trump said he would meet with Boris Johnson, called the general election “important” and said prime minister was doing a “good job,” despite the PM’s hopes he would will steer clear of any commentary on the campaign during his two-day visit.

Mr Johnson was accused of hypocrisy over racism by the president of football body UEFA. Aleksander Ceferin criticised Mr Johnson’s remarks comparing Muslim women wearing burkas to letter boxes, and said “something is wrong” when political leaders are not punished.

10 minutes agoTrump says US wants ‘nothing to do’ with NHS Asked about the controversy over the NHS and a potential UK-US trade deal, Donald Trump has denied wanting any part of the British health service. He told reporters: “I have nothing to do with it, never even thought about it honestly – we have enough … Look, we are going to have a great healthcare system, we’re doing great heath care work, we’ve got things really running well.” “If you handed it [the NHS] to us on a silver platter, we would want nothing to do with it.” Trump also said he could “work with anybody” when asked whether he could work with Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister. He replied: “I can work with anybody, I’m a very easy person to work with.’”

  • Adam Forrest
  • 3 December 2019 09:54

29 minutes agoDonald Trump says he will meet with Boris Johnson – and says PM doing ‘good job’ Donald Trump is answering reporters’ questions now about his two-day visit to the UK. Asked about the election and whether he will be meeting Boris Johnson, he said: “It’s going to be a very important election for this, but I have no thoughts on it, but I will be meeting with him, yes.” He said he was unsure when and where they would meet. “I have a lot of meetings.” Asked why he is staying out of the election, Trump said: “Because I don’t want to complicate it.” He added: “I’ll stay out of the election. You know that I was a fan of Brexit. I called it the day before,” he said. Trump added: “I think Boris is very capable and I think he’ll do a good job.” The PM had made clear he had hoped the president will steer clear of any commentary on the campaign. Downing Street has yet to confirm any one-on-one meeting between the pair.

  • Adam Forrest
  • 3 December 2019 09:57

52 minutes agoTrump threat to the NHS ‘very real,’ says SNP SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There is no question that if there is to be a trade deal with North America that drugs would have to be part of that.” He added: “One of the things that we’ve asked is that we bring forward a bill to the House of Commons, an NHS protection bill, that would specifically protect the NHS from any negative consequences of a US trade deal.” The US, he said, would have an “awful lot of clout and power” in those talks, adding: “We know these things are very real, we know there is a threat to the NHS.” Questioned on the SNP’s health record, Blackford argued: “There is a challenge that all governments face over national health, but the fact is that our performance in Scotland is far superior than that of the rest of the UK.” He added: “With Boris Johnson there’s a threat that we have anyway, a threat of taking us out of the EU and as a consequence of that, a trade deal that would divert resources that we need for front line spending away from that into additional costs for drugs if he does a deal with Donald Trump.”

  • Adam Forrest
  • 3 December 2019 09:10

1 hour agoBoris Johnson’s Brexit plans will cost economy up to £20bn a year, report warns “Getting Brexit” on the terms of the Tory manifesto will inflict a hit of up to £20bn a year on government finances, rising as high as £28bn if the UK crashes out of the EU without a trade deal, a new report has warned. Analysis by the UK in a Changing Europe (UKCE) think tank estimated that Labour’s softer proposed withdrawal deal would deliver a positive fiscal impact of £2-£12bn The Lib Dem plan to halt Brexit altogether would provide a “Remain bonus” worth £12bn a year to government coffers. Our political editor has all the details: 

Tory manifesto plans mean Brexit uncertainty and risk no-deal crash-out at end of 2020, says think tank

  • Adam Forrest
  • 3 December 2019 09:04

1 hour agoUEFA president accuses Johnson of hypocrisy over racism Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, has criticised Boris Johnson when asked about racism in football. “The situation in Europe is more and more tense,” said Ceferin in an interview with The Daily Mirror. “When you see high politicians, prime ministers – when you see presidents of republics who are racists, who were sexist, you see that something is wrong.” Referring to Johnson, he said: “When a politician that calls women with burqas post boxes or mailboxes then says publicly that he condemns you UEFA – do you reply to that? Do you believe it’s honest? Come on.” Johnson called on UEFA to crack down on racism after the England team was subjected to abuse during a European Championship qualifier in Bulgaria in October. But Ceferin said: “if you see an idiot from the streets shouting you say: ‘Okay, put him in prison’ … But when politicians start speaking they are not punished. And we have that in Europe a lot more and more as more and more.” 

Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA (Reuters)
  • Adam Forrest
  • 3 December 2019 08:46
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