Our take on Obama's visit, TTIP and the referendum

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said in relation to President Obama’s visit to the UK:

There’s a huge contradiction in Obama coming to the UK to support the ‘remain’ campaign, and Obama coming to Europe to promote TTIP, the toxic trade deal between the EU and the USA. This massive corporate power grab being cooked up in Brussels is emblematic of what is wrong with Europe and is a big motivation for people to vote ‘leave’ in June. 

“The fact that Obama is being brought in to try and curry favour for this controversial trade deal is testament to the enormous tide of public opinion standing in the way of TTIP.  Millions of people across Europe have signed petitions against TTIP and hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to oppose it. Not even Obama’s famous charisma is going to persuade people in Europe to sign away important legislations protecting public services, labour rights, consumer standards and public services.

Read Nick Dearden’s article in the Guardian, Don’t campaign for Cameron’s Europe - fight for a fairer EU future.