CETA

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a deal negotiated between the EU and Canada which poses a major threat to our democracy, public services and the environment.

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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.
 

The current trade deal between the EU and Canada is a good example of how secretive toxic trade deals are stacked in favour of corporations at the expense of consumer standards, the environment and labour rights. But a post-Brexit trade deal with Canada could end up even worse if Theresa May and the government continue their approach to making such deals with the same degree of secrecy and lack of parliamentary oversight.
 

What happens next with CETA?


25 May 2017

After the mid-February approval of CETA by the European parliament, the focus turned to Canada and the member states of the European Union who all need to ratify the deal.

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.
 

Have Paul Nuttall or other UKIP politicians lied to you about trade deals?


22 February 2017

UKIP have been making all sorts of headlines for lies recently, mainly around leader Paul Nuttall’s fabrications about being part of the Hillsborough disaster. It’s pretty despicable that anyone would try to use such a huge personal tragedy for their own gain, let alone lie about it. But there’s another series of UKIP lies that took place recently that you might not have heard about.

We lost today's battle on CETA, but we can still win the war


15 February 2017

Today the European parliament voted yes to CETA, the undemocratic trade deal between Canada and the EU. 27 British MEPs voted in favour of it, although 22 did reject it.

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:

Trade unions come out swinging against toxic EU trade deal with Canada


13 February 2017

Dear Labour MEPs, we write to ask you to oppose the ratification of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the EU-Canada  trade deal due to be voted on in the European parliament on February 15.

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.

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What happens next with CETA?


25 May 2017

After the mid-February approval of CETA by the European parliament, the focus turned to Canada and the member states of the European Union who all need to ratify the deal.

Have Paul Nuttall or other UKIP politicians lied to you about trade deals?


22 February 2017

UKIP have been making all sorts of headlines for lies recently, mainly around leader Paul Nuttall’s fabrications about being part of the Hillsborough disaster. It’s pretty despicable that anyone would try to use such a huge personal tragedy for their own gain, let alone lie about it. But there’s another series of UKIP lies that took place recently that you might not have heard about.

We lost today's battle on CETA, but we can still win the war


15 February 2017

Today the European parliament voted yes to CETA, the undemocratic trade deal between Canada and the EU. 27 British MEPs voted in favour of it, although 22 did reject it.

Trade unions come out swinging against toxic EU trade deal with Canada


13 February 2017

Dear Labour MEPs, we write to ask you to oppose the ratification of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the EU-Canada  trade deal due to be voted on in the European parliament on February 15.

The hustles in Brussels – MEPs vote to block legal scrutiny of toxic trade deal


23 November 2016

One of the most controversial aspects of the toxic trade deals being pushed by the EU is the system of corporate courts.

Toxic trade deals like TTIP have given Trump oxygen – we can defeat them both


16 November 2016

Corporate trade deals like the US-EU agreement TTIP have been cynically exploited by Donald Trump to win the presidency of the United States. He has used those deals to show that the political system has been corrupted by big business. But Donald Trump will not stop this corporate corruption – he will make it far worse.

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CETA update for Scottish activists - December 2016

December 2016

The final vote on CETA at the European parliament is likely to take place on the 1 or 2 of February, so we have only six weeks to persuade our Scottish MEPs to vote against the deal. So far, none of our six Scottish MEPs have pledged to vote against CETA.

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CETA update for Scottish activists - November 2016

November 2016

Welcome to November's update.

CETA is back from the dead. Last month we held our breath as Wallonia, one of Belgium’s regional parliaments, was able to block the trade deal from being agreed by the EU Council of Ministers. But Wallonia has been appeased for now at least, and so the trade deal moves to the European parliament for further consideration and a vote forecast for February next year. So now it is essential we turn all our efforts to our six Scottish MEPs and urge them to reject the deal.

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TTIP and CETA update for Scottish activists - October 2016

October 2016

Welcome to October's update. As the European-wide 'Autumn of Action' on CETA (EU-Canada trade deal) begins, this activist update gives you more details about the stop CETA rally outside the SNP conference. We are also asking campaigners in Scotland to send action cards or take part in our online action to our Scottish MEPs urging them to vote against CETA when they have the opportunity to do so early next year.

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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.
 

The current trade deal between the EU and Canada is a good example of how secretive toxic trade deals are stacked in favour of corporations at the expense of consumer standards, the environment and labour rights. But a post-Brexit trade deal with Canada could end up even worse if Theresa May and the government continue their approach to making such deals with the same degree of secrecy and lack of parliamentary oversight.
 

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.