A leading Brexit Party figure has shot himself in the foot today, after posting a viral, misleading tweet about the future of the NHS if Britain remains in the EU.
Writing on Twitter, Dr David Bull, Brexit Party MEP for the North West, shared an article from the Daily Express claiming that the NHS will be “KILLED OFF’ if Britain remains in the EU:
However, Bull’s tweet was misleading, for several reasons.
Firstly, despite the fact Bull presented it as a new story, the article was actually written in 2016. It referred to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a proposed trade pact between the EU and the USA.
There were indeed fears that TTIP would lead to the privatisation of the NHS, but the trade agreement was dropped in 2016, largely due to the public backlash against the deal.
Fortunately, several people were on hand to point out that the Express article is hopelessly out of date.
What’s more, Bull’s entire argument is self-defeating. He claims that the NHS would be threatened by a trade deal with the USA, when the Brexit Party’s entire trade policy revolves around a “huge” trade deal with Donald Trump’s America. And President Donald Trump has made it perfectly clear that the NHS is “on the table” in any trade negotiations.
By ditching TTIP, the EU has protected the NHS. And by leaving the EU, the Brexit Party is opening it up to foreign vultures.
That said, we shouldn’t be surprised at this level of ignorance from Bull. After successfully standing to be a Member of European Parliament, he posted a video on Twitter expressing his outrage about having to travel to Europe, moaning that the journey was long. He clearly hadn’t read the job description.
Now, Bull has whipped up a frenzy about a non-existent trade deal. Not a good look.