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Trade has always been part of society and in itself it could be a good thing. But trade deals are no longer just about selling more goods to other countries. Instead, they are often about giving huge new powers to big business, affecting every aspect of society from the public services to online privacy, from environmental protection to food standards.

We are campaigning to ensure trade deals work for people and planet. We are doing this by fighting for parliament to have the powers to scrutinise and approve future trade deals, challenging future UK trade deals and making sure they do not include  corporate courts.

Trade after Brexit

The UK government is lining up a raft of new trade deals post-Brexit which could pose huge threats on the environment, public services and food and agricultural standards. We will oppose future trade deals that harm people and planet. >>> Find out more

Trade democracy

Parliament and the people currently have no real say over post-Brexit trade deals.  This is a massive democratic deficit. Thousands of us have taken action, and parliament agrees with us. >>> Find out more

Corporate courts

Trade and investment deals are giving big business unique powers to sue governments for democratic decisions that affect corporate profit. We are calling for an end to these corporate courts. >>> Find out more

 

Take action locally

Order a #TrumpInYourTrolley activist pack and take action at your local supermarket to raise awareness about the dangers of a US-UK trade deal.

 

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Latest posts

Trump in your trolley: how big business is pushing for lower standards through a trade deal with the US


23 January 2020

Big business wants to use a US-UK trade deal as a way to get deregulation that they have long been pushing for. Transnational corporations try to justify this by saying it would be easier for them to produce to one set of standards, but somehow it is always the lowest common denominator that they push for, not a raising of standards across the board.

Big tech companies have too much power. But Trump wants to lock it in


04 December 2019

The leaked trade papers from meetings between the US and UK revealed how a trade deal with the US could be used to create and lock-in new rules for the digital economy. The US government is pushing an agenda to protect big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook from regulation.

UK officials conspire with Trump to force feed us chlorinated chicken


04 December 2019

Would you be happy to buy chlorine washed chicken? No? Nor would I. But leaked papers from secret trade talks between the US and UK show that both governments have been discussing how best to sell factory farmed chicken like this to ‘sceptical’ consumers like you and me.

Latest news

As campaign group Global Justice Now finished the final day of their legal attempt to force the UK government to release details of trade talks with more than a dozen countries this week, government lawyers admitted that further trade talks are underway with unnamed countries, which the public is not even allowed to know are happening. 

Commenting on Liz Truss's written statement today, Jean Blaylock, campaign and policy manager at Global Justice Now, said:
“Liz Truss has today put out some reassuring platitudes about her trade plans leading to a land of milk and honey, but the leaked trade papers have already revealed a different story. We know that the NHS, drug prices and food standards are on the table, because the US has put them there. The UK has failed to rule them out in the only place that matters - in the talks themselves.

‘No alignment’ pledge shows UK is heading for a ‘shock doctrine Brexit’, say campaigners

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Exporting repression: How Britain is supplying surveillance technology to human-rights abusing countries

September 2019

By Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard

The British government is continuing to approve the export of high-tech surveillance equipment and software of the type that is being used by states abusing human rights to monitor and repress dissent, new government figures show.

In the past 12 months, “telecommunications interception equipment”, or software and technology for such equipment, has been exported to 13 countries, including authoritarian regimes such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.

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Five reasons modern trade deals are terrible for the climate

August 2019

Any lasting and just solution to climate change must lie in changing the economic and political structures that bind us to a high carbon model. Modern, mega trade deals will further entrench this model and make it all but impossible to reverse. This briefing outlines the reasons why we have to stop these trade deals if we are to successfully stop climate change.

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Lydian v Armenia

July 2019

SUMMARY:
Mining company threatened to sue when protestors blockaded a gold mine and government allowed the protest to go ahead

STATUS:
Starting

AT STAKE:
£2 billion

DETAILS:
Initial notification filed March 2019 using both a UK-Armenia and Canada-Armenia investment deal