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When USA President, Donald J. Trump, made a state visit to the UK this week, it wasn’t just to see the Queen, writes Jon Danzig.
He also gleefully eyed all the British assets that could be available to his country in a fire-sale, free-trade “negotiation” with a country desperate to get a deal – any deal – after Brexit.
In front of a press pack and standing alongside the departing Prime Minister, Theresa May, the President began:
“I think we’re going to have a great trade deal, yes.
“I think we’re going to have a great and very comprehensive trade deal.”
A journalist asked a question that the President couldn’t hear.
Mr Trump leant over to the Prime Minister.
“I can’t hear him. What?”
Mrs May should have said she couldn’t hear him either. If she’d been a wise Prime Minister, she would have done.
Instead, she helpfully spelt it out, giving the President an opportunity to confirm something that surely Mrs May never wanted to be confirmed.
“It’s our National Health Service,” Mrs May said to the President, just trying to be helpful to someone who’s a bit hard of hearing.
Explained the Prime Minister:
“He says, ‘Should the National Health Service be on the table?’”
A question, of course, about whether our NHS would be out of bounds, or “on the table” for the almighty USA to carve up and consume in any future trade deal.
Mrs May said nothing more.
She didn’t forewarn the President:
“Careful, buddy, the NHS is our treasured jewel, best not to go there, oh, and don’t talk about queues, that got your predecessor into trouble.”
But she said nowt.
President Trump replied, with big, greedy eyes.
“Look, I think everything with a trade deal is on the table”.
Yes, a table full of British treasures on offer to the USA in bargain basement Brexit Britain.
The President continued:
“When you’re dealing in trade everything’s on the table.
“So, NHS or anything else. There are a lot more than that. But everything will be on the table, absolutely.”
Then, he turned to Theresa and asked:
But Theresa said nuffin.
It could have been her Hugh Grant moment.
You know, when he played the Prime Minister in the film, ‘Love Actually’ and in a similar scenario, stood next to a bullying, Lothario USA President, in front of a press pack in London during a grand state visit.
In the press conference, the President is asked if it’s been “a good visit”, and he responds:
“Very satisfactory indeed.
“We got what we came for, and our special relationship is still very special.”
But Prime Minister Hugh Grant was having none of it.
“I love that word relationship. Covers all manners of sins, doesn’t it?
“I fear that this has become a bad relationship.
“A relationship based on the President taking exactly what he wants, and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to Britain.
“We may be a small country, but we’re a great one too.”
And that fictitious Prime Minister then turned to the surprised USA President and said to rapturous applause from the audience:
“A friend who bullies us is no longer a friend.
“And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward I will be prepared to be much stronger.
“And the President should be prepared for that.”
But President Trump didn’t have to prepare for any such riposte from Mrs May.
Mr Trump said our NHS was on the table for the USA to gobble up, and when he turned to Mrs May and asked, “OK?” the Prime Minister just gave one of her awkward, convoluted smiles, and said nothing.
She could have turned to the President and said in a strong and stable voice:
“No! Mr President, the NHS is not going to be on your table.
“You can’t have our NHS. And we don’t want your chlorinated chicken or your genetically modified food, either.”
And she could have ended her Premiership on a high note by adding:
“It’s clear to me, listening to you, Mr President, that Brexit is going to be a disaster for Britain, and will destroy our NHS.
“So, I’ve decided to use my last days as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to revoke Article 50, which I have the power to do, and bring an end to this Brexit nonsense.
“How about that, you yankee doodle dandy?”
But she said nothing.
Mrs May has put Brexit Britain up for sale. And Trump’s lookalike, bumbling Boris Johnson, will no doubt gleefully complete the rotten deal, if he becomes our unelected Prime Minister next month.
All good and wise people across the country know this in their heads and hearts: Brexit is not right for Britain. It will not make Britain great; it will make us small, and has already made us look stupid.
We must now put an end to Brexit. Before Brexit puts an end to us.
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