Last week, the leader of the British Labour party, lagging behind Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in all polls ahead of the imminent election, played what he believed to be his trump card. He presented leaked documents indicating that the United States would demand more access to the country’s beloved National Health Service in any trade talks after Brexit.

The theory, as often repeated by Jeremy Corbyn but strongly denied by both President Donald Trump and Johnson, goes that the prime minister is plotting to sell access to vast swaths of the sacred health service to U.S. pharmaceutical firms to help him see through a trade deal with Washington. The leaked documents finally seemed to add at least some evidence that the suspicions should be taken seriously ahead of the Dec. 12 vote.

But there’s a problem. The documents brandished by Corbyn were, within hours of his announcement, shown to have been posted weeks…

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