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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 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. >>> 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

 

Latest posts

How Liam Fox read 60,000 comments on the trade consultation in a few hours


22 November 2017

Liam Fox must be a very fast reader. Superhuman in fact. Because just hours after the ‘consultation’ on the trade white paper closed, the government proposed a new Trade Bill.

We’ve only got a few months to make trade democratic


17 November 2017

While MPs have been racing against the clock to amend the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ this week, another bill has been quietly introduced into parliament, with serious implications for everyone in the UK as well as millions more people round the world.

How Scotland can spare itself from chlorinated chicken


12 October 2017

The SNP have said that Scotland should be developing its own trade policy. We agree - and here are five ideas for what that trade policy could look like.

Latest news

Leading opposition MPs have today vowed to amend the Trade Bill when it is given a second reading, at the launch of a 'trade democracy' campaign in parliament.

Campaign group Global Justice Now has warned there are just months to stop ‘TTIP on steroids’ as the latest round of trade talks between the United States and United Kingdom governments begins in London. 

The Trade Bill has been tabled in parliament the morning after its consultation deadline, ignoring 60,000 objections made to the lack of a clear role for MPs in scrutinising trade deals after Brexit.

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Trade campaign update for Scottish activists

June 2017

Here's the latest news and campaign actions on trade, for activists in Scotland
 

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Trade Justice Scotland: Here's what we think a just trade system could look like

June 2017

The Trade Justice Scotland coalition (which Global Justice Now is an active member of) has come up with a detailed set of principles that a truly just trade system could be based on. Read them here.