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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 deals 

TISA and TTP 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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Developing countries recognise that the global trade system is broken, Brexit is the UK’s moment to do the same


15 July 2016

In response to the seismic political and economic events that have shaped the past decade, a growing number of countries are rethinking their trade relations. This has been most apparent in the spate of cancelled Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and new investment protection models. Countries are also now beginning to flex their muscles in response to Brexit.

Brexit and the direction of our trade campaigning


15 July 2016

It’s impossible to assess the state of play with trade policy and agreements in the UK without using the word ‘uncertainty’ right now. There are claims and counter claims over where we stand regarding the various trade deals the UK is involved in.

In or Out, the EU-Canada trade deal would mean a massive corporate power grab


10 June 2016

Trade deals are looming large in the referendum debate here in the UK. The public at home and across Europe are increasingly asking questions about whom they are made for and why such secrecy surrounds them. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks began entirely hidden from public scrutiny with the backing of European prime ministers.

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In advance of the 14th round of TTIP negotiations starting in Brussels on Monday 11 July, Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now commented:

“The TTIP negotiations were already on pretty shaky ground before the EU referendum, and now the shockwaves of Brexit are threatening to derail the deal entirely. 

It’s testament to the strength of the campaign we have built across Europe against CETA and its US cousin TTIP, that the Commission has been forced to backtrack and allow national parliaments a vote on CETA. Let’s be clear, Brexit does not save Britain from CETA – and if it comes into force before we exit the EU, Britain will be bound by CETA for 20 years, making the UK vulnerable to enormously costly court cases from Canadian corporations and US subsidiaries for two decades. It’s truly TTIP by the backdoor. 

Trade campaigners in the UK have accused the European Commission of attempting to hasten attempts to push through a controversial trade deal between Canada and the EU ahead of the UK leaving the EU. The accusations come before a meeting tomorrow of the EU Commissioners in Brussels where it’s expected the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will be agreed upon.

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CETA update for Scottish activists - July 2016

July 2016

With the uncertainty that a possible Brexit brings, this month's brief update looks only at CETA. We don't yet know how the negotiations of mega trade deals like TTIP and TiSA will affect Scotland - but this should become clearer over the coming months. What is more certain is that CETA will affect us, and there is still a chance to stop this Canada-EU trade deal. The next three months will be crucial for the campaign. Read this month's update to find out what you can do.

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - June 2016

June 2016

Welcome to this month’s update on TTIP, CETA and other dodgy trade deals, for Scottish activists.

In this month's edition, there are motions lodged in the UK and Scottish parliaments demanding that our national and regional parliaments are able to debate CETA before it is implemented. Please ask your local MP and MSPs to sign them!

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If we support fairtrade...then we must oppose TTIP and CETA

May 2016

This briefing looks at how fairtrade and the countries in the global south that benefit from fairtrade schemes will lose out if mega trade deals like TTIP and CETA are ratified.