Canadian TTIP deal is on the ropes – MEPs listened to you!
Last week was full of successes in our fight against the toxic trade deals set to undermine our democracy. UK parliamentarians listened to your concerns and spoke out in Brussels.
Across Europe, politicians sounded the death knell for hated EU-US deal TTIP. In Germany, France and Austria, leaders all ‘spoke out against the deal. *
CETA is no different from TTIP. It champions the same agenda of deregulation, privatisation and ‘corporate courts’, all with the same aim – big business profits, whatever the cost to people and planet. Worst of all, under CETA, the UK could be sued in CETA’s corporate courts up to 20 years after Brexit.
At last week’s European Parliament trade committee meeting, UK MEPs highlighted that they have repeatedly heard concerns about CETA from their constituents. The MEPs said they are worried about CETA’s:
- agenda for workers’ rights, public services, and its proposed ISDS ‘corporate courts’
- failure to meet five European Parliament conditions for ISDS ‘corporate courts’
- strong rights for investors, but weak rights for workers – an “inequality” in trade deals that must be addressed.
Trade deals like TTIP and CETA do more harm than good to Europe.
* But as we explained on Politics.co.uk, this about-face is connected to their desire to push through EU-Canada deal, CETA.
War on Want have prepared the following message to send:
Dear Member of the European Parliament,
I write to you to ask that you commit to oppose EU-US trade deal the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and EU-Canada deal the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
TTIP is opposed across Europe – by a huge number of the public, by civil society organisations and by elected politicians. It is clear that TTIP will not be passed this year and that, in the words of French trade minister Mathias Fekl, negotiations started “in a spirit of opacity”.
We believe that Mr Fekl is correct in his demand that negotiations on TTIP must be stopped. Indeed, this is the call from more than 3.4 million people across Europe who demand an immediate end to negotiations on both TTIP and CETA.
As UK Labour MEPs warned the INTA committee of the European Parliament on August 31, they have concerns around CETA’s agenda for workers’ rights, public services and its proposed ‘Investor Court System’ (ICS). Additionally, they highlighted their belief that ICS fails to meet the European Parliament’s five conditions for investor-state dispute settlement, determined for the Parliament’s TTIP resolution in 2015.
To date, there has been no impact assessment of this huge trade deal which will affect everything from jobs to food safety rules, and the importing of high-polluting tar sands oil. Additionally, the European Parliament’s many committees – which cover issues of direct relevance for CETA, from agriculture, to the environment and legal affairs – have not provided any expert opinion on the deal.
I join with the millions across Europe who call for an immediate end to negotiations on TTIP and CETA – and the 240 civil society organisations who have already called on the European Council to withdraw the mandate for the European Commission to negotiate TTIP, with immediate effect.
Trade must not jeopardise our ability to craft strong social, health and environmental protection rules; it must protect our ability to provide public services; and it must not create privileged rights for investors which supersede a state’s ability to act in the public interest. Critically, trade deals must be negotiated and approved in line with the highest democratic standards of accountability and transparency.