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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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.
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E-pocalypse Now: How the e-commerce trade agenda promotes corporate power and threatens the global south

May 2018

Imagine a world in which a multinational company knew every intimate detail of your life. Details like your health fears, your love life, your innermost beliefs and who you’re thinking of voting for.

Imagine that this company made billions of pounds in revenue selling this information to other companies and that foreign intelligence services used it to influence the outcome of elections.