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The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

Responding to the news from the Labour Party Conference that Labour will push for Parliament to have the deciding say on any international trade deal, Jean Blaylock, a trade campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

Responding to the news that UK banks are to check 70 million bank accounts as part of Theresa May's attempts to create a 'hostile environment' towards migrants, Aisha Dodwell, a migration campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

A new report, published by influential campaign group Another Europe is Possible, has been released today. Brexit and immigration: prioritising the rights of all workers can be viewed here.

CETA is a corporate dominated deal, the purpose of which is to reduce regulation on business. It is likely to lead to a race to the bottom in standards on food safety, environmental regulations and workers’ rights, and it will lock in the privatisation of public services.

The current trade deal between the EU and Canada is a good example of how secretive toxic trade deals are stacked in favour of corporations at the expense of consumer standards, the environment and labour rights. But a post-Brexit trade deal with Canada could end up even worse if Theresa May and the government continue their approach to making such deals with the same degree of secrecy and lack of parliamentary oversight.

Campaigners from Another Europe is Possible and Global Justice Now slammed the EU Withdrawal Bill (formerly known as the Great Repeal Bill) today as “the biggest threat to parliamentary democracy in decades”. Campaigners dressed in Tudor costumes stood outside parliament to protest the widespread use of ‘Henry VIII’ powers in the bill, which give extraordinary powers to government ministers to ‘translate’ large elements of EU law into UK law. They fear that during this ‘translation’ vital rights and protections could be watered down. 

Day of creative action to block the set-up of DSEI arms fair in London. ‘Free Movement for People not Weapons’ demonstration targets companies supplying weaponry that fuel wars and profiting from militarised borders and surveillance technology.

Almost five thousand people have emailed IPSO, the press regulator calling for an inquiry into racism in the UK media, in the wake of a column in the Sun which referred to ‘The Muslim Problem.’

  • New research reveals  how corporate interests are dominating  meetings held by the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU as well as those organised by the EU Brexit Task Force.
  • UK and EU negotiators accused of side-lining concerns of civil society and small businesses in Brexit negotiations by granting massively privileged access to corporate lobbyists.

Responding to Donald Trump's press conference last night in which he defended the neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now, which is part of the UK Stop Trump coalition said:

174 civil society organisations from around the world have today released a statement calling on investors to cease support for Bridge International Academies, a company running over 500 commercial private schools in the global south and which receives aid funding from the UK’s Department for International Development.