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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 cooked up in secret between the EU and the US, and currently on hold, 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

Trump’s top ten trade hitlist: what a trade deal with Trump could really mean


14 September 2018

Trade secretary Liam Fox is still trying to push through his dangerous Trade Bill as quickly as possible. The Bill has started its journey through the House of Lords and if it passes there unamended, Fox will have enormous power to sign a trade deal with Trump, or anyone else he likes, without proper democratic scrutiny.

A tug of war for Scotland's future


05 September 2018

The sun is unexpectedly shining from a clear blue sky as I arrive at Holyrood. I’m wearing my finest business suit and bowler hat, and I’m standing outside the Scottish parliament. With me are Liam Fox, Theresa May, Donald Trump, and UK trade minister George Hollingbery. But I’m not here to discuss investments or tax breaks. There’s something more important at stake.

Britain: the newest ‘Pacific Island’ paradise?

In a somewhat surreal twist, UK trade minister Liam Fox has announced a consultation on whether the UK should seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when it leaves the EU next March. Quite rightly, many think this move is ridiculous as we are nowhere near the Pacific.

Latest news

Liam Fox’s plans for post-Brexit trade deals were dealt a blow by the Scottish parliament today as Holyrood’s Finance and Constitution Committee advised MSPs not to give consent to the controversial Trade Bill currently making its way through the House of Lords.

A coalition of campaigners, trade unionists and faith groups have issued a set of ‘red lines’ to Trade Secretary Liam Fox, demanding that trade negotiations open up to public and parliamentary scrutiny and aren’t used as a means of pushing down standards post-Brexit.

Trade campaigners have warned that a government proposal to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) risks a ‘race to the bottom’ in food and financial standards after Brexit.

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Model resolution on trade for Labour and SNP members

October 2018

As part of our Trade Democracy campaign we have produced model resolutions that SNP and Labour Party members can to take to local parties in support of just trade principles.  You'll find both those motions here, ready for you to use.

 

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The Trans-Pacific Powergrab

October 2018

TPP will hand over even more power to the most powerful corporations in the world and deepen the inequalities of hyperglobalisation. The UK should not be considering joining it. Instead it should be developing a progressive approach to trade that can work for people and planet. More about why joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be bad for people and planet – and the UK in our new briefing with Trade Justice Movement and War On Want. 

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Trade campaign update for Scottish activists

August 2018

On 5 September we’ll be donning our chicken costumes, and the masks of our Tory government and their cronies (see pic) to welcome the trade minister George Hollingbery to Holyrood. Hollingbery is giving evidence to the finance and constitution committee about the trade bill. Find out more about our plans for the day, and how you can get involved in our latest trade update for Scottish activists.