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Global Justice Now and War on Want have today condemned the announcement by the Prime Minister of Armenia that he is authorising the controversial Amulsar gold mine in southern Armenia.

In a live online address last night, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who came to power last year after a wave of pro-democracy protests dubbed the ‘Velvet Revolution’, announced that the open-cast mine would go ahead.

Campaign group Global Justice Now has accused Boris Johnson’s government of pushing ahead with an extreme US trade deal without a mandate from the public or parliament.

Campaign groups Global Justice Now and War on Want have called for Boris Johnson’s government to rule out so-called ‘corporate courts’ after Brexit, following a report today by parliament’s International Trade Committee describing the investment provisions as “hugely controversial”.

Campaigners have today expressed deep concern about the ability of Liz Truss to negotiate trade deals in the interests of people or the environment, fearing she will collude with a Trump administration to give US multinationals more power over British society. Boris Johnson announced the Trade Secretary’s appointment on Wednesday evening.
 

Trade campaigners have reacted with fury to the long-delayed results of the Department for International Trade’s four public consultations on post-Brexit trade deals, released today. They accuse the department of planning to ignore hundreds of thousands of responses demanding that the public is given a say over future trade deals, and expressing concern over the prospects for food standards and the NHS.

Campaigners today issued a stark warning, that Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm to engage in a ‘quick’ US trade deal if he becomes Prime Minister next week, threatens Britain’s public services, food standards and online privacy. The Times (1) reported that Johnson is ready to travel to the US to start discussing a trade deal “as soon as possible” after becoming Prime Minister, engaging first in a limited, quick deal, but laying the grounds for a much bigger deal in coming months.

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, said:

Global Justice Now has launched a legal challenge at the Information Rights Tribunal over the Department for International Trade’s failure to release details of numerous trade meetings it has held with the United States and other countries since the EU referendum in 2016.

Campaigners have this morning dropped a ‘Dump Trump’s trade deal’ banner from Tower Bridge in London in protest against a US-UK trade deal, as Donald Trump arrives in Britain for a three-day state visit.

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Reaction to the appointment of Rory Stewart as International Development Secretary.

Parliamentary processes on scrutiny of trade deals have today been branded as “anachronistic and inadequate” in a report released by the UK parliament’s Constitution Committee. The report on “Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties” is the sixth in a series of reports by parliamentary committees that have strongly criticised current parliamentary processes for agreeing trade deals.

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A new report from Global Justice Now and the National Education Union lays out the UK Department for International Development’s policies and programmes that are contributing to a privatisation agenda.

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