What: Zombie protesters with banner saying “Stop CETA rising from the dead – Toxic trade deals belong in the grave” When: 8.30am, Friday 28 October Where: London office of the European Commission, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
The members of the Parliament of Wallonia have done what we might expect all our parliamentarians to do: stand up for the best interests of the citizens they represent. They have blocked a deal that would serve the corporations who have been lobbying so hard for it, while putting our public services and environment at risk.
Responding to the news that the EU was unable to sign CETA, the free trade deal between Canada and the EU as had originally been planned on Thursday, as a result of the Belgian prime minister failing to secure the support of regional authorities, Guy Taylor the trade campaigner for Global Justice Now said:
Global Justice Glasgow, along with activists from across Scotland, were out in force at the SNP conference on Saturday, telling delegates that it’s time to Stop CETA. We made a bit of a visual splash with our dastardly corporate rats and spoke to several hundred SNP members as they went in to the conference.
TTIP is close to death, and EU governments just failed to pass another toxic ‘trade’ deal with Canada. Europe’s undemocratic trade deals are in serious trouble, but we need to step up our work to stop them if we care about our public services and out environment.
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UKIP have been making all sorts of headlines for lies recently, mainly around leader Paul Nuttall’s fabrications about being part of the Hillsborough disaster. It’s pretty despicable that anyone would try to use such a huge personal tragedy for their own gain, let alone lie about it. But there’s another series of UKIP lies that took place recently that you might not have heard about.
Dear Labour MEPs, we write to ask you to oppose the ratification of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the EU-Canada trade deal due to be voted on in the European parliament on February 15.
The final vote on CETA at the European parliament is likely to take place on the 1 or 2 of February, so we have only six weeks to persuade our Scottish MEPs to vote against the deal. So far, none of our six Scottish MEPs have pledged to vote against CETA.
CETA is back from the dead. Last month we held our breath as Wallonia, one of Belgium’s regional parliaments, was able to block the trade deal from being agreed by the EU Council of Ministers. But Wallonia has been appeased for now at least, and so the trade deal moves to the European parliament for further consideration and a vote forecast for February next year. So now it is essential we turn all our efforts to our six Scottish MEPs and urge them to reject the deal.
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.
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.