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Why trade deals are a threat

A new wave of trade deals are being negotiated that threaten democracy, public services and the environment worldwide. If agreed, these secretive deals will give big business unprecedented new powers.

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What is TTIP? 

TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is) is a trade deal currently being cooked up in secret between the EU and the US. Despite the name, TTIP isn’t mainly about trade. It’s more about removing important safeguards for our health and allowing corporations to sue governments.

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What is CETA? 

CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) 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.

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Other toxic trade deals 

TISA and TPP are other two trade deals that give corporation sweeping new powers at the expense of democracy.

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CETA: TTIP's ugly brother

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The hustles in Brussels – MEPs vote to block legal scrutiny of toxic trade deal


23 November 2016

One of the most controversial aspects of the toxic trade deals being pushed by the EU is the system of corporate courts.

10 Reasons why the Canada-EU trade deal (CETA) must be stopped


17 November 2016

Here’s ten reasons why you should be seriously concerned about CETA, and why you might want to email your MEP about it.

Toxic trade deals like TTIP have given Trump oxygen – we can defeat them both


16 November 2016

Corporate trade deals like the US-EU agreement TTIP have been cynically exploited by Donald Trump to win the presidency of the United States. He has used those deals to show that the political system has been corrupted by big business. But Donald Trump will not stop this corporate corruption – he will make it far worse.

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Last night activists obliterated the words ‘democracy’, ‘environment’ and ‘justice’ with gold spray paint outside the offices of a Canadian mining company, in a protest designed to draw attention to the corporate court system being proposed under the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA.

Gabriel Resources is a Canadian mining company that is currently using a similar corporate court system to the one that is at the heart of the Canada-EU trade deal, to sue the state of Romania over the refusal to grant a mining permit for what would have been the largest open cast gold mine in Europe.

A coalition of civil society groups and trade unions from across Europe have issued statements today saying that:

“Trade deals like TTIP and CETA have given oxygen to Trump. The best way to defeat him is to remove that oxygen – to stop these trade deals and build a democratic economy that works for everyone.”

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CETA update for Scottish activists - November 2016

November 2016

Welcome to November's update.

CETA is back from the dead. Last month we held our breath as Wallonia, one of Belgium’s regional parliaments, was able to block the trade deal from being agreed by the EU Council of Ministers. But Wallonia has been appeased for now at least, and so the trade deal moves to the European parliament for further consideration and a vote forecast for February next year. So now it is essential we turn all our efforts to our six Scottish MEPs and urge them to reject the deal.

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TTIP and CETA update for Scottish activists - October 2016

October 2016

Welcome to October's update. As the European-wide 'Autumn of Action' on CETA (EU-Canada trade deal) begins, this activist update gives you more details about the stop CETA rally outside the SNP conference. We are also asking campaigners in Scotland to send action cards or take part in our online action to our Scottish MEPs urging them to vote against CETA when they have the opportunity to do so early next year.

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Scottish CETA briefing

October 2016

Updated briefing outlining Global Justice Now's main concerns about CETA, a huge trade deal between Canada and the EU, and the impact it might have in Scotland.