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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

 

Latest posts

Liam Fox’s trade deals come up against the reality of public opinion


18 April 2018

Eighty-two per cent of Brits would rather not have a trade deal with the US than sacrifice decent food standards. Only 8% would put a trade deal first. So says a new opinion poll conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

956 reasons why the Scottish parliament should say no to the UK Trade Bill


08 March 2018

956 people and 23 organisations have signed an open letter to politicians in Scotland calling on them not to give their consent for the UK Trade Bill.  Here's why.

Corporate courts thrown out by Europe. Now Britain must follow the lead


06 March 2018

A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) today could mark the beginning of the end of the so-called ‘corporate court’ system within Europe.  

Latest news

Campaign group Global Justice Now has criticised the lack of transparency over totemic US-UK trade talks, after the UK’s Department for International Trade and the Office of the United States Trade Representative today released a cursory statement on the latest talks, more than two weeks after they took place. 

Campaigners urge parliament to take control of trade policy, as secretive US-UK trade talks resume tomorrow in Washington.

Liam Fox’s mission to Washington DC appeared to end in failure yesterday, as no progress was made in his attempt to be granted an exemption to Donald Trump’s steel tariffs. Having labelled the tariffs "absurd" on BBC Question Time last week and boasted they were the reason for his trip to Washington, Fox's statement on the talks consigned the issue to a virtual footnote.

Resources

Our response to Liam Fox's article

February 2018

Last week Liam Fox attacked our trade democracy campaign in an extraordinary article in the Independent. It showed he hasn't done his homework on the growing campaign against his trade power grab. Here's where he went wrong.

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Trade campaign update for Scottish activists

December 2017

December trade update for Scottish activists

Trade Bill parliamentary briefing

November 2017

A guide for MPs about ensuring that the trade bill enshrines proper democratic accountability over trade policy.