TTIP: UK Government Confirms NHS Exemption Amid Public Backlash

The International Business Times reports that it has been told by the British Government that the NHS will not be covered by any free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.

The remarks come in response to a poll which found that the majority of voters in marginal electorate constituencies want the government to exclude the National Health Service (NHS) from ongoing discussion around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The survey, organised by the trade union Unite and conducted by Survation, found that 68% of voters in 13 “battleground” seats would rather that the health service was off the TTIP agenda.

The British government has the opportunity to use a veto to exempt any public services from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a fact confirmed to the International Business Times UK by the EU’s Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht in a recent interview.