Tories have voted in the House of Commons against an amendement designed to protect the NHS and publicly-funded health and care services from being subject to any form of control from outside the UK in a future post-Brexit trade deal.
The amendment, which was put forward by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and supported by Labour leader Keir Starmer and a number of other senior Labour MPs, was voted down by a margin of 340 to 241 thanks to the Tories’ overwhelming parliamentary majority.
The amendment to the bill, if passed, would have protected the following:
- Ensuring the ability to provide a “comprehensive and publicly funded health service free at the point of delivery” was not compromised by any future trade deal
- Protecting hard-working NHS staff from having their wages or rights slashed by any future trade deal
- Protecting the quality and saftey of health and care services