38 Degrees | Trade deals should work for everyone

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Trade deals should work for everyone

38d-ceta-2Corporations suing our government. Chemicals in our food. Our NHS sold off to private companies. This is what’s at risk from a new set of trade deals being planned by the government – unless we step in now. [1]

This Saturday morning, a group of 38 Degrees members will meet government minister Liam Fox, who is in charge of trade deals after Brexit. [2] They’ll tell him that they want Britain’s trade deals to be agreed by a proper vote in Parliament – not behind closed doors with shady lobbyists.

On Saturday, they’ll hand Liam Fox a huge petition to prove that thousands of us don’t want Brexit trade deals done in secret. There are just 36 hours till the meeting. Will you add your name right now?  Click the button and your name will be added automatically:

Dear Liam Fox, trade minister,

  • Be transparent about all future trade deals, including CETA. Negotiations should take place openly, with all key texts available to the public.
  • Subject all trade deals to democratic approval – either a binding vote in Parliament or a referendum.
Big businesses are already starting to lobby Liam Fox. They’ve had drinks receptions and private meetings. [3] Now, it’s our turn to be heard.

Trading with other countries makes us richer and shows the world what Britain has to offer. But trade deals are too important to be left to politicians to agree in secret. That’s why 38 Degrees members have been crowd-sourcing a vision for how the UK can thrive after Brexit, covering everything from trade to protecting our NHS. [4]

When trade deals go wrong, they’re catastrophic. They can water down the laws that protect our food and environment. They can give corporations the power to sue our government if they don’t like our laws. And all too often, they’re agreed in backroom meetings with business lobbyists – not in Parliament, where all of us can see what’s happening. [5]

If you think trade deals shouldn’t be agreed in secret meetings, please will you add your name to the petition right now? It only takes 10 seconds
NOTES:

[1] Recently, governments worldwide have been negotiating big trade deals – like TTIP or CETA – without public consultation. These trade deals give lots of power to businesses – for example, to sue our governments if our policies and regulations interfere with their profits.
Here are some resources you can check out for more info on one of these deals, called CETA:
War on Want: What is CETA?
http://waronwant.org/what-ceta
Here’s another good guide to what’s in CETA:
Global Justice Now: What is CETA?
http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/what-ceta

[2] A group of 38 Degrees members who live in Liam Fox’s constituency, North Somerset, will be meeting him this upcoming Saturday.

[3] The Telegraph: Business backs Liam Fox’s ‘wake-up call’:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/10/business-backs-foxs-wake-up-call/

[4] After the EU referendum, 38 Degrees members participated in a massive people-powered consultation, to crowdsource a vision for a Brexit that puts people at the centre:
38 Degrees: DIY Brexit:
http://diybrexit.38degrees.org.uk

[5] See note 3

 

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Petition text

To Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade

Be transparent about all future trade deals, including CETA. Negotiations should take place openly, with all key texts available to the public.

Subject all trade deals to democratic approval – either a binding vote in Parliament or a referendum.

Why is this important?

Trade isn’t just something for politicians to discuss. It’s our everyday – the good and the bad. It’s the flights to every corner of the globe. Or the reason we have access to NHS drugs invented thousands of miles away.

But we also know that trade deals can be done badly – when they put big corporations above people, jobs and the environment. So we need to make sure that the people in charge of trade see our vision and take it seriously.

This is our opportunity to get our ideas in front of the person in charge of what our trade deals will look like when we leave the EU

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