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Research released today has revealed the extent to which Scottish land is owned by a handful of super-rich entities from around the world.

Responding to news that Priti Patel, the recently appointed Secretary for International Development, was intending to use the UK’s aid budget to promote a new round of trade deals between the UK and other countries, Aisha Dodwell from campaign group Global Justice Now said:
 

Organisations representing the health and long-term interests of millions of British citizens have called on government to adopt common-sense food, farming and fishing policies that are good for jobs, health and the environment, when they plan for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

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.

Responding to the news that the European Commission had granted a temporary licence to the controversial chemical glyphosate, Heidi Chow, a food campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

"Extending the licence for glyphosate for 18 months means another 18 months of hundreds of thousands of tons of a ‘probably carcinogenic’ chemical being sprayed on our parks, our farms and in our gardens.

Responding to the results of the EU referendum and the impacts on TTIP, Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now said:

Responding to the news that the majority of people in the UK had almost certainly voted to leave the EU, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

"Britain’s decision to leave the European Union opens up a world of uncertainty in which we must now navigate in a positive direction.

For years UK aid money has increasingly been going into dubious private sector development projects and into the pockets of wealthy Western consultants, according to a campaign group Global Justice Now, ahead of a parliamentary debate on Monday on aid spending.

On Tuesday lunchtime the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to accept a highly critical report made by the EU Development Committee on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – an aid initiative that has received £600 million from DFID.
 

Today was the EU’s third attempt to reach a decision about whether or not to relicense glyphosate for use in Europe. But, as with the previous two attempts to reach a decision on glyphosate’s European licence, the Expert Committee has yet again been unable to come to a decision. This was despite the fact that the original proposal to grant a 15 year relicense had been reduced to a 12-18 month temporary relicense.

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