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Brexit Red Lines

September 2016

The decision to leave the European Union is the biggest political choice the UK has made in a generation. It has had serious knock-on effects for the UK’s political landscape, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future shape of the country’s politics. Unfortunately, some are looking to use the new situation to further roll back human rights, even threatening some of the key victories achieved by social justice campaigners in the twentieth century. Even the European Convention on Human Rights, which the UK has been part of since 1953, has been called into question.

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CETA: trading away democracy

September 2016
How CETA’s investor protection rules could result in a boom of investor claims against Canada and the EU.
 
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TTIP and CETA update for Scottish activists - September 2016

September 2016

Campaigners have been celebrating a fantastic victory this month as TTIP has been pronounced dead by a number of EU ministers - read more about how this is happening in this update. However, the fight to stop CETA is still very much alive. With just a small window of opportunity to consign CETA, like TTIP, to the history books, its time to pull out all the stops to end the Canada-EU trade deal. Read on to find out more about what you can do: from lobbying your MP and MEPs on CETA, to plans for the European-wide CETA week in the middle of October.

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TTIP and CETA update for Scottish activists - September 2016

September 2016

Campaigners have been celebrating a fantastic victory this month as TTIP has been pronounced dead by a number of EU ministers - read more about how this is happening in this update. However, the fight to stop CETA is still very much alive. With just a small window of opportunity to assign CETA, like TTIP, to the history books, its time to pull out all the stops to end the Canada-EU trade deal. Read on to find out more about what you can do: from lobbying your MP and MEPs on CETA, to plans for the European-wide CETA week in the middle of October.

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Controlling corporations

September 2016

The power of multinational corporations is rapidly expanding and too often big business gets away with exploiting people, disregarding human rights and destroying the environment. But it doesn't have to be this way. Countries from across the global south have come together to push for a new treaty at the United Nations (UN) that could hold transnational corporations to account for corporate abuses under international human rights law.

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What is TISA and why we need to stop it

August 2016

The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is a proposed international trade treaty being negotiated by 50 countries, including the European Union and the United States.

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CETA update for Scottish activists - July 2016

July 2016

With the uncertainty that a possible Brexit brings, this month's brief update looks only at CETA. We don't yet know how the negotiations of mega trade deals like TTIP and TiSA will affect Scotland - but this should become clearer over the coming months. What is more certain is that CETA will affect us, and there is still a chance to stop this Canada-EU trade deal. The next three months will be crucial for the campaign. Read this month's update to find out what you can do.

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - June 2016

June 2016

Welcome to this month’s update on TTIP, CETA and other dodgy trade deals, for Scottish activists.

In this month's edition, there are motions lodged in the UK and Scottish parliaments demanding that our national and regional parliaments are able to debate CETA before it is implemented. Please ask your local MP and MSPs to sign them!

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0.7% on aid: a small contribution towards justice and equality

June 2016

There is more to fighting poverty and inequality than just giving aid. This briefing argues that to address the huge inequality of wealth and power that exists in the world, there needs to be fundamental change to the way the global economy works. Aid can play an important part, especially if it is understood as a form of international wealth redistribution.

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If we support fairtrade...then we must oppose TTIP and CETA

May 2016

This briefing looks at how fairtrade and the countries in the global south that benefit from fairtrade schemes will lose out if mega trade deals like TTIP and CETA are ratified.

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - May 2016

May 2016

Welcome to this month’s update on TTIP, CETA and other dodgy trade deals, for Scottish activists.

In this month’s edition, with CETA getting perilously close to ratification, help us demand that Prime Minister David Cameron veto the treaty until a proper debate is held by the UK parliament.

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The EU Referendum - The radical case to remain in Europe

April 2016

The choice in front of us on 23 June can feel uninspiring. Voting to remain in the EU aligns with big business and elite interests, while voting to leave aligns with the interests of racists, xenophobes and fundamentalist free-marketeers.

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Migrant crisis or poverty crisis?

April 2016

There is no migrant crisis. It is true that thousands of people die every year attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. According to the International Organisation for Migration, over 25,000 migrants have died in their attempt to reach or stay in Europe since 2000.

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - April 2016

April 2016

With the Holyrood elections less than one month away, find out what each of the Scottish political parties are saying about TTIP and CETA and take action to persuade them to oppose these deals entirely. The STUC have called a day of action on dodgy trade deals for April 23: find out what Scotland Against TTIP is planning and how you can get involved. There's also the latest European and UK parliament news on transatlantic trade deals, interesting articles and blog posts, and the latest news from local stop TTIP groups across the country.

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - March 2016

March 2016

With the Scottish elections coming up, this latest edition looks at how to lobby your Scottish Parliament election candidates on TTIP and CETA using the new website that has been created for the Scotland Against TTIP coalition. We also have the latest on TTIP free local councils, and our new campaign on university TTIP free zones as well as more on the progress of TTIP and CETA, parliamentary updates, recommended articles and the latest campaign briefings.
 

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How TTIP threatens people and planet

February 2016

Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and USA began in July 2013. If agreed, it would be the world’s biggest trade and investment deal outside of those negotiated within the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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Taxes on trial - how trade deals threaten tax justice

February 2016

Demands for tax justice have resounded worldwide, with inequality at historic and unsustainable levels and increased attention towards the tax practices of  major multinational corporations from Google to Starbucks. We believe that governments must be able to change their tax systems to ensure multinationals pay their fair share and to ensure that critical public services are well funded. States must also be able to reconsider and withdraw tax breaks previously granted to multinationals if they no longer fit with national priorities.

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