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.
As the UK leaves the EU, the powers to oversee and ratify trade deals will return to the UK. But the government's current Trade Bill transfers these powers directly into the hands of trade secretary Liam Fox, giving no effective role to the UK parliament over scrutiny and approval. >>> Find out more
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 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
More in depth
- Read our FAQ on post-Brexit trade deals
- Read about the dangers of a trade deal with Trump
- Learn how the e-commerce trade agenda promotes corporate power and threatens the global south