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Global Justice Now has slammed the ‘model free trade deal’ proposed by a number of radical free market think-tanks today as “entirely divorced from economic reality” and warned that such a deal would “destroy huge swathes of our economy, including farming, and would lay waste to public services.” The model trade deal has been drawn up by the controversial Initiative for Free Trade (IFT) and the US-based Cato Institute, with input from the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) the Adam Smith Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Legal action has been threatened against the UK government regarding the granting of export licences for surveillance equipment to countries with poor human rights records.

Social justice organisation Global Justice Now believes that licenses have been granted contrary to export laws and have written to the government to ask for more information in order to decide whether legal action might be required.

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Anti-poverty campaigners have said the UK’s continued funding of a controversial chain of private schools in Africa is a sign of the fundamental flaws in its new approach to international aid. It comes a week after the Prime Minister signalled a major shift in that strategy during a trade delegation to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, based around greater private sector involvement in UK aid spending.

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Prime Minister's call for aid in the national interest is 'return to 1970s'.

An amendment by Caroline Lucas MP (NC3) to give parliament control of post-Brexit trade deals was defeated by 30 votes in the House of Commons this afternoon as MPs debated the Trade Bill. Other amendments to give devolved administrations statutory powers over trade were also defeated before the Trade Bill debate moved on to discuss the customs unions

Campaign groups Global Justice Now and War on Want have condemned Liam Fox’s transparency concessions on the Trade Bill ahead of tomorrow’s Third Reading as inadequate, following Liam Fox’s statement to parliament this afternoon.

Commenting on Donald Trump's statement that the UK's Brexit plans will 'probably kill' a US-UK trade deal, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now and steering committee member of the Stop Trump Coalition said:

Opposition to a US-UK trade deal is a key issue for the Stop Trump protests, which come ahead of MPs voting on the 'power grab' Trade Bill on Tuesday.

As MPs finally get to debate CETA, the EU-Canada trade deal, in parliament today, civil society groups warn this toxic trade deal threatens our democracy and public services, calling on MPs to reject it.

Trade deals with US and others could undermine devolution. Campaigners demand a voice in trade for Welsh Assembly

A new briefing released today warns that the power of ‘Big Tech’ corporations like Google, Amazon, and Facebook pose a serious threat to the fight against global poverty and inequality.

Migrant solidarity campaigners this morning blocked the entrance to the Home Office in Westminster to demand the government puts a stop to its hostile environment policy towards immigrants, following the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

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