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A giant slogan of the words ‘Say no to Trump’ has been projected on the Houses of Parliament the day before a parliamentary debate on Trump’s state visit is due to take place, and the day before tens of thousands of people are expected to fill Parliament Square opposing the state visit.

Responding to the news that MEPs had voted 408 to 254 to pass the EU-Canada trade deal CETA, Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now said:

Responding to the news that SNP MEPs Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smyth will be voting against the controversial trade deal between the EU and Canada tomorrow at the European parliament in Strasbourg, Liz Murray from campaign group Global Justice Now Scotland said:

The controversial free trade deal between the UK and Canada will be voted on by the European parliament on Wednesday 15 February in Strasbourg. Over three million people across Europe have signed a petition calling for the deal to be scrapped, arguing that the deal will hand a raft of new powers over to corporations enabling them to influence and weaken government policies relating to the public sector, labour rights, consumer standards and the environment.

This morning the International Development Committee published its Special Report on Conduct of Adam Smith International (ASI).

  • Committee discussion to take place today at same time as Brexit Bill debate

A full parliamentary debate on a controversial trade deal between the EU and Canada will now not be happening, despite assurances in October from Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox that it would.

Commenting ahead of the meeting between Theresa May and Donald Trump on Friday where they are expected to discuss a possible trade deal between the UK and the US, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

Research from social justice campaign organisation Global Justice Now has exposed the scandal of the 10 biggest corporations in the world making more money than most countries combined. 

In addition, research released today that focuses on Scotland shows that:

Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech on Brexit today, Nick Dearden the director of campaign group Global Justice Now said:

MPs have today voted in favour of a controversial bill that development campaigners say would effectively privatise huge amounts of the UK’s overseas aid budget.

The Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill will enable DfID to quadruple the amount of money it channels through its private equity arm, the CDC group, from £1.5 billion to £6 billion. The bill would also allow the limit to raise to £12 billion without the need for further primary regulation.

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