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Much more wealth is leaving the world’s most impoverished continent than is entering it, according to new research into total financial flows into and out of Africa.

This judgment confirms the need for more accountability and democratic control over trade deals. As Global Justice Now has been highlighting, modern trade deals go way beyond what most people think of as trade. They’re not just about selling more ‘stuff’, they are increasingly about our public services, our ability to regulate big business and the way we actually make laws, affecting everything from health to education to jobs.

In September 2014 the European Commission formally rejected  a ‘European Citizens' Initiative’ from an alliance of European campaigners against the EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals, known as TTIP and CETA. Yesterday the European Court of Justice ruled that it had been wrong to do so and annulled the commission’s decision.
 

A new briefing has outlined the likely elements of a UK-US trade deal and argues that it would contain more extreme forms of all the controversial elements of the deal that was being negotiated between the EU and the USA.

These elements include:

Marks and Spencer have hidden their Easter egg promotional video from Facebook after it was bombarded with people posting an image of M&S's flagship Easter egg, Laid Back Lamb, with a #StopFundingHate flag

The use of Henry VIII powers on this scale should send a chill down the spine of anyone  who genuinely believes in parliamentary sovereignty.
 

We don’t have the luxury of sitting around and lamenting the fact that Theresa May has triggered Article 50, as the fight is now on to prevent the government from granting themselves an unprecedented set of powers to pick and choose which laws suit them and which don’t. Using ‘Henry VIII powers’ could mean ministers making significant changes to important legislation without parliamentary approval – something which many countries would deem unconstitutional.

  • Government is planning unprecedented bill to transport thousands of European laws into British law.
  • New briefing from legal academic warns that the bill could affect UK democracy for decades to come and could hand massive power from parliament and the people to the government.
  • Proposed new ‘Henry VIII’ powers have been described by former Lord Chief Justice as a “self-inflicted blow” that should only be used in a national emergency.

Andy Burnham’s manifesto for standing as Manchester’s mayor has included the promise to, “establish a Greater Manchester Energy Company, generating power using green technology and reducing energy bills.”

The meeting of Commonwealth trade ministers hosted by international trade secretary Liam Fox taking place in London on 9/10 March has been criticised by trade campaigners who warn that the meeting is likely to deepen corporate interests in African countries at the expense of ordinary people across the continent.

Responding to the news that president Trump was relaunching a modified version of the controversial 'Muslim Ban,' a spokesperson for the Stop Trump coalition said:

Responding to the news that the founders of Adam Smith International (ASI), one of the UK"s biggest aid consultancies is going to quit amidst revelations of attempts to falsify evidence to a parliamentary enquiry, and public controversy over consultant's salaries, Aisha Dodwell, an aid campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

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