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Why trade deals are a threat

British government ministers are flying around the world to talk trade deals. Though big business lobbyists may get access to these discussions, they take place in the dark, with no accountability to the public or parliament.

We are campaigning on trade because these deals affect every aspect of our society and we can’t let the government sign away our rights and protections behind closed doors.

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How to make trade more democratic 

As things stand, our elected representatives have virtually no say over trade deals. We need a completely new process, which puts democratic decision-making at the heart of trade policy.

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Dangerous trade deals being done in the dark

 

What is TTIP?

TTIP  is a trade deal cooked up in secret between the EU and the US, and currently on hold, TTIP isn’t mainly about trade. It’s more about removing important safeguards for our health and allowing corporations to sue governments. >>> Find out more

What is CETA?

CETA is a deal negotiated between the EU and Canada. Like TTIP, CETA gives new powers to big business and could have wide-ranging effects on our lives. >>> Find out more

What is TiSA?

The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) poses a huge threat to public services. It brings the same discredited, toxic approach that we have seen in TTIP and CETA, and applies it specifically to services. >>> Find out more

 

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Britain: the newest ‘Pacific Island’ paradise?

In a somewhat surreal twist, UK trade minister Liam Fox has announced a consultation on whether the UK should seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when it leaves the EU next March. Quite rightly, many think this move is ridiculous as we are nowhere near the Pacific.

Liam Fox thinks it’s all over and absolute power over trade deals is his. Not yet, Sonny Jim


19 July 2018

He thinks he’s done it. The relief on Liam Fox’s face after his government survived a series of votes on his beloved Trade Bill relatively unscathed was clear.

If this really was all over he would have reasons to be happy. After all, as things stand the Trade Bill gives him truly intoxicating amounts of power.

Parliament was asleep at the wheel on CETA. It can’t be allowed to happen again


28 June 2018

Few people noticed but parliament just made a big mistake on trade. On Tuesday, MPs passed a motion in support of CETA – the EU-Canada trade agreement.

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An amendment by Caroline Lucas MP (NC3) to give parliament control of post-Brexit trade deals was defeated by 30 votes in the House of Commons this afternoon as MPs debated the Trade Bill. Other amendments to give devolved administrations statutory powers over trade were also defeated before the Trade Bill debate moved on to discuss the customs unions

Campaign groups Global Justice Now and War on Want have condemned Liam Fox’s transparency concessions on the Trade Bill ahead of tomorrow’s Third Reading as inadequate, following Liam Fox’s statement to parliament this afternoon.

Commenting on Donald Trump's statement that the UK's Brexit plans will 'probably kill' a US-UK trade deal, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now and steering committee member of the Stop Trump Coalition said:

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Trade campaign update for Scottish activists

June 2018

The UK trade bill is back at Westminster. It’s been in the deep freeze for a time, while the Tory tussle over the EU customs union was being resolved, but in July it will be back taking centre stage.  So we have work to do convincing MPs and MSPs that embedding trade democracy in this bill is essential to keep out chlorinated chickens and privatised healthcare.

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What's at risk in Scotland from Brexit trade deals?

May 2018

Short guide to the way trade deals after Brexit could impact on Scotland, its people and its economy.

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Trade Democracy in Wales | Democratiaeth Masnach Yng Nghymru

May 2018

How post‐Brexit trade deals could undermine Wales’ food, health service and devolved powers, and how to make sure they don’t

Summary of the briefing:

  • Modern trade deals go well beyond tariffs. They can affect our food standards, our public services, our environment and our democratic ability to regulate big business.
  • Post-Brexit trade deals could, if not negotiated democratically, have a profoundly negative impact on Wales – undermining farmers, the NHS, education, culture, the environment and local government here.