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A group of concerned Scottish citizens from constituencies across Scotland will next week travel to Westminster to put pressure on Scottish MPs to oppose controversial trade deals between Europe, the US and Canada (TTIP and CETA). 

A rally against TTIP, the controversial free trade deal between the USA and the EU is marking a year of sustained campaigning against the deal from activists, trade unions, consumer watch dogs and NGOs across Europe.

Over three million signatures from across Europe calling for TTIP to be scrapped were submitted to representatives of the European Commission in London at 11.30 am this morning, in the shadow of a 6 metre high inflatable TTIP Trojan Horse. The Trojan Horse symbolised that while TTIP is presented as a 'trade deal,' critics argue that it actually constitutes an unprecedented corporate power grab. Over 500,000 of the sgnatures that were submitted came from people who were resident in the UK.

A Europe-wide petition calling for a halt to the trade deals being negotiated between the EU and the USA and Canada has reached three million signatures in the space of one year.

Campaigners have reacted angrily to news that the negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)  had reached an agreement in Atlanta, USA following a dramatic, last-minute extension of the talks.

While politicians, campaigners and development agencies meet for the launch of a broad series of goals aimed at eradicating poverty by 2030, a new report argues that any potential progress made by the Sustainable Development Goals would be fatally undermined by the impacts of a proposed free trade deal between the EU and USA - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Exactly a year after the negotiations were completed in Brussels on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a proposed free trade deal between the EU and Canada, a new briefing by Global Justice Now labels the deal a “corporate power grab” and calls on EU and British representatives to veto the agreement. Campaigners have labelled CETA the “ugly brother” of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

On the eve of the UN conference in New York that that aims to eradicate poverty by 2030, campaigners have spoken critically on the policy measures that are being promoted by the conference as a means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now said:

  • Campaigners say EU has ignored European public;
  • Proves the need to halt CETA deal now

Trade campaigners have slammed today’s European Commission proposal for an alternative ‘corporate court’ system to replace the controversial Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. ISDS forms a central part of the proposed EU-USA trade agreement, TTIP allowing multinational corporations to sue governments if they believe they’ve been treated unfairly.

Cameron wants to be seen to be helping refugees, but at the same time he is actively promoting one of the world’s biggest arms fairs. Sales from this arms fair to some of the most fragile places on earth, suffering some of the worst human rights abuses, create the conditions that cause people to flee from violent repression or outright warfare.

The Government has failed to protect any geographically listed British produce from competition in a trade deal soon to be ratified between the EU and Canada. The failure means that produce such as Cumberland sausages, Arbroath smokies, Cornish Pasties, Jersey royal potatoes and Yorkshire Wensleydale will be open to competition with Canadian imitations should the agreement come into effect.

The UK government has published a statement today that highlights the fierce opposition to British company GCM Resources’ plans for a massive open cast coal mine in Phulbari, north-west Bangladesh. The statement notes protestors “calling strikes, blockading roads and occupying the company’s local offices”.