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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 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.

Tariffs, Bombardier and the dangers of dealing with Trump


05 October 2017

The recent dispute over the US slapping a 219% tariff on Bombardier made aircraft hit the headlines recently and will doubtless bubble away in the background for months to come.

Time to step up our campaign to make sure Scotland’s voice is heard on trade deals


17 August 2017

Here in Scotland, it’s vital that our politicians understand that areas devolved to the Scottish parliament, such as environment, food safety, health and workers rights could be threatened by the UK government’s new trade deals. 

Latest news

The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

Responding to the news from the Labour Party Conference that Labour will push for Parliament to have the deciding say on any international trade deal, Jean Blaylock, a trade campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

CETA is a corporate dominated deal, the purpose of which is to reduce regulation on business. It is likely to lead to a race to the bottom in standards on food safety, environmental regulations and workers’ rights, and it will lock in the privatisation of public services.
 

Resources

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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.