Trade is always about power. That’s why, in post-Brexit Britain, our trading relationships will be the most important question we face. These relationships will in effect embed our new constitution, detailing how we approach issues like immigration, food policy, finance and public services.
Global Justice Now welcomes the announcement of the Just Trade policy by shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner MP at Labour Party conference this morning. Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now said:
"We are delighted that Labour agrees with us that the toxic trade deals TTIP and CETA are an affront to our democracy and dignity. We also agree that the government's desire to join the secret TISA deal is about giving more power to the world's oligarchs
The death of TTIP is a victory for the ordinary people across Europe who stood alongside trade unions, civil society groups, activists and consumer watchdogs to prevent this massive corporate power grab.
A new trade deal about to be signed between Canada and the EU will open the floodgates to Canadian and US corporations suing European governments. Those are the findings of a new report released today by European campaign groups including Global Justice Now and Corporate Europe Observatory. The report is released after a weekend of demonstrations across Europe which involved well over 300,000 protestors opposed to the deal.
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.
Last week I joined activists and campaigners from across the globe who came to Canada for the World Social Forum. A major topic of discussion was the problems with TTIP-style free trade agreements and how we can stop them.
This is a guide to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
Millions have signed a petition calling on the EU to stop negotiations on TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA. While there is growing public awareness about the timetable and content of the TTIP negotiations, CETA is on the verge of being ratified.
But it's not receiving the scrutiny or attention it deserves.
It’s impossible to assess the state of play with trade policy and agreements in the UK without using the word ‘uncertainty’ right now. There are claims and counter claims over where we stand regarding the various trade deals the UK is involved in.
Think TTIP is a threat to democracy? There’s another trade deal that’s already signed
While MPs have been racing against the clock to amend the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ this week, another bill has been quietly introduced into parliament, with serious implications for everyone in the UK as well as millions more people round the world.
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.