TTIP

In secrecy and away from the front pages of the newspapers or the glare of TV cameras, bureaucrats and lawyers from the USA and the EU are negotiating a new trade deal which could spell disaster in many different ways. The deal is known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. >>> Read more

MPs must be free to scrutinize all trade deals, incl. TTIP

9 December 2015

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.

Our new briefing during the Paris climate talks outlines five reasons why controversial trade deals being promoted by the EU would make it much more difficult to deal with the threat of climate change, regardless of the outcome of the UN talks.

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Five reasons TTIP and CETA are terrible for the climate

December 2015

We can halt climate change, but only by changing the economic and political structures that bind us to a high carbon model. The enormous trade deals currently being negotiated, like TTIP and CETA, will further entrench this model and make it all but impossible to reverse. this briefing outlines the reasons why we have to stop TTIP and other similar trade deals if we are to successfully stop climate change.

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Stop secret trade deals flyer for groups

November 2015

A flyer for local Stop TTIP or local Global Justice Now groups to inform people about transatlantic trade deals, what action they can take, and encourage them to join a local group.

Today Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for trade will release final plans for an alternative system to the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism that had proved to be so widely controversial in the EU-USA trade deal TTIP. In response Guy Taylor, the trade campaigner at Global Justice Now, said:

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - November 2015

November 2015

The latest TTIP update includes the next Scottish Councils to become TTIP-free, the return to Scotland of the Westminster Warriors, TTIP and climate justice - as well as the latest from the European, Westminster and Scottish parliaments on TTIP.

In the last two weeks four local councils in Scotland have passed motions opposing the controversial trade deal between the EU and the USA known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Tomorrow, Bristol City Council will be voting on a two different motions relating to a controversial trade deal being promoted by the EU and USA – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). One motion has been raised by Labour’s Sue Milestone, the other by Green Party Councillor Anna McMullen.

The release of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) text - a giant trade and investment between 12 countries including the US and Japan - has led to claims by campaigns groups that the pact will cost jobs and represents 'a disaster for democracy.' The TPP is a parallel agreement to TTIP, the US-EU deal, which has met with serious opposition from across Europe.
 

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Toxic trade deals like TTIP have given Trump oxygen – we can defeat them both


16 November 2016

Corporate trade deals like the US-EU agreement TTIP have been cynically exploited by Donald Trump to win the presidency of the United States. He has used those deals to show that the political system has been corrupted by big business. But Donald Trump will not stop this corporate corruption – he will make it far worse.

What does Brexit mean for global justice campaigning?


08 November 2016

We are living through the biggest political event in Britain in 70 years. The need for change has never been more necessary in order to combat the threats we face or to seize the opportunities this uncertain situation presents. But Brexit also means we must rethink our campaigns to make us more relevant to a country facing a deeply uncertain period.

Is CETA dead yet?


24 October 2016

Some have called a victory, others are expecting to hear some awful deal has been brokered. Either way CETA, the trade and investment deal between Canada and the EU, is in mortal danger.

Labour is now opposing toxic trade deals, but what sort of trade do we want?


28 September 2016

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.

Brexit and the direction of our trade campaigning


15 July 2016

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.

Big Tobacco lost to Australia over plain packaging - but that doesn't mean that corporate courts 'work'

Late last year tobacco company Philip Morris International’s (PMI) attempted to sue the Australian government for billions over the introduction of plain packing of cigarettes. This court case happened in a secretive court system, just like the one that they are trying to introduce in the EU-USA trade deal, TTIP.

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Scottish CETA briefing

October 2016

Updated briefing outlining Global Justice Now's main concerns about CETA, a huge trade deal between Canada and the EU, and the impact it might have in Scotland.

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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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In September 2014 the European Commission formally rejected  a ‘European Citizens' Initiative’ from an alliance of European campaigners against the EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals, known as TTIP and CETA. Yesterday the European Court of Justice ruled that it had been wrong to do so and annulled the commission’s decision.
 

A coalition of civil society groups and trade unions from across Europe have issued statements today saying that:

“Trade deals like TTIP and CETA have given oxygen to Trump. The best way to defeat him is to remove that oxygen – to stop these trade deals and build a democratic economy that works for everyone.”

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