CETA

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a deal negotiated between the EU and Canada which poses a major threat to our democracy, public services and the environment.

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A controversial free trade deal between the EU and the USA is the subject of a new prayer pack that is being distributed to churches and Christian groups across the UK.

If we support fairtrade, then we must oppose unfair trade deals like CETA and TTIP


02 March 2016

Supporting fairtade is surely a no brainer - and I've yet to meet a politician who doesn't think it's a good thing.  But ignoring (or worse still supporting) mega trade deals TTIP and CETA could threaten decades of good work to ensure that fairtrade supports small-scale producers. 

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Join activist and campaigner Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, for a discussion about the new generation of international trade deals – TTIP, CETA and TISA – that threaten to dramatically reshape the global economy in the interest of big corporations. We’ll discuss the nature of these trade deals, the latest developments around them, and the worldwide campaigns to stop them in their tracks.

Corporations are regularly using secretive corporate courts to undermine the ability of countries to pass effective tax legislation, according to a new report, Taxes on trial: How trade deals threaten tax justice.

Maude Barlow - Combating TTIP's Canadian cousin


11 February 2016

Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council for Canadians, has dedicated her life to fighting injustice, particularly 'free trade' deals. In November, she toured the UK to raise awareness of CETA, a Canada-EU trade deal which has been called 'TTIP's ugly brother'. In this interview, Maude told Nick Dearden why she thinks CETA is just as scary as TTIP - and how she got into campaigning.

A Canadian newspaper has reported that the EU ambassador to Canada has said in an interview that the free trade deal between the EU and Canada (CETA) will be presented to the EU parliament for ratification in mid 2016, with a view to the deal becoming law in early 2017. The process as laid out by the EU ambassador means that there would be no parliamentary scrutiny of individual member states parliaments before the deal comes into effect.

A Canadian broadcaster this morning reported that the “EU quietly asks Canada to rework trade deal's thorny investment clause.”  The report speculates that the free trade deal "risks a humiliating defeat on a ratification vote expected at the EU's parliament in Brussels this fall, unless a compromise can be reached to appease moderate opponents." The free trade deal between Canada and the EU (CETA)  was agreed on by both parties in September 2014, but was awaiting ratification.

Trans-Canada sue US government for $15 billion over tar sands pipeline cancellation


07 January 2016

In a dramatic example of the powers assumed by the corporate world through trade deals, energy infrastructure corporation TransCanada commenced legal actions yesterday against the US president for cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

A coalition of NGOs and activists in Paris have revealed the location of the ‘Red Lines’ action to take place on Saturday 12 December in Paris.

Attac, 350.org, Reclaim The Power, Global Justice Now, Confédération Paysanne, Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire, Climate Games and others are taking the message to the streets tomorrow at 12pm (that is 12.12.12). Defying a ban on public protests that has been implemented in France under the State of Emergency, campaigners are planning for a gathering of thousands.

The WTO is not dead


10 December 2015

The last time the World Trade Organisation met was December 2013. The negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the campaign to stop it had not even started. Trade seemed to be off the agenda and after years of stalled negotiations the WTO was expected to slowly become irrelevant.

The WTO is meeting again next week for the first time in Africa, and I will be there.

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Parliament was asleep at the wheel on CETA. It can’t be allowed to happen again

Few people noticed but parliament just made a big mistake on trade. On Tuesday, MPs passed a motion in support of CETA – the EU-Canada trade agreement.

We’ve only got a few months to make trade democratic


17 November 2017

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.

What happens next with CETA?

After the mid-February approval of CETA by the European parliament, the focus turned to Canada and the member states of the European Union who all need to ratify the deal.

Have Paul Nuttall or other UKIP politicians lied to you about trade deals?


22 February 2017

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.

We lost today's battle on CETA, but we can still win the war


15 February 2017

Today the European parliament voted yes to CETA, the undemocratic trade deal between Canada and the EU. 27 British MEPs voted in favour of it, although 22 did reject it.

Trade unions come out swinging against toxic EU trade deal with Canada


13 February 2017

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.

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CETA update for Scottish activists - December 2016

December 2016

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.

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CETA update for Scottish activists - November 2016

November 2016

Welcome to November's update.

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.

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TTIP and CETA update for Scottish activists - October 2016

October 2016

Welcome to October's update. As the European-wide 'Autumn of Action' on CETA (EU-Canada trade deal) begins, this activist update gives you more details about the stop CETA rally outside the SNP conference. We are also asking campaigners in Scotland to send action cards or take part in our online action to our Scottish MEPs urging them to vote against CETA when they have the opportunity to do so early next year.

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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.