Sum Of Us | We Can Still Stop CETA

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It’s official: the EU and Canada have agreed on the terms of CETA and signed the deal. But it’s not over yet — the European Parliament still has to approve the deal before it comes into effect. We can still stop CETA.

Cut from the same cloth as TTIP, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is an international trade deal that hands over more power to corporations to step all over our environment, workers’ rights, and affordable healthcare.

We know CETA is bad news. It’s why more than 340,000 people filled the streets of cities across Germany and Austria to protest CETA and TTIP in September. So if enough parliamentarians defend the interests of the people they represent, CETA won’t stand a chance. But it’s up to us to make sure our MEPs know we oppose trade deals that put profits over people.

We know that our representatives want to hear from us on CETA. Politicians from Wallonia, a small region in Belgium, were strengthened by the support from people all over the EU and made sure that CETA’s signing was temporarily postponed. Thanks to a huge swell in people power, CETA was suddenly not a done deal. Though Wallonia finally agreed to CETA, their opposition proved that we have the power to derail this trade deal.

CETA still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament and every single EU member state — giving us a great chance to deliver the final blow to this corporate power grab. And if we stop the deal in European Parliament, CETA cannot come into effect — not even provisionally.

Thanks to the generous donations of SumOfUs members like you, we’ve been able to ramp up the fight against CETA. Together with our partners, we are launching the next phase of the CETA Check campaign to make sure as many citizens as possible get in touch with their representatives.

We’ve commissioned a short video — to reach even more people right now. We were also able to team up with partner organisations to start planning a documentary on one of the worst parts of CETA: the rules that allow corporations to sue governments over lost profits.

We can’t underestimate the power we have when we come together to hold our representatives to account. Together we’ve brought TTIP to the brink of failure. It’s time we do the same to CETA.

Telling your Member of Parliament to vote against CETA is our best chance to stop the dangerous trade deal altogether. Act now to stop CETA.

More information: 
In Parliament this week: Ceta, data protection, drones, European Parliament News, 7 November, 2016.

Ceta: EU and Canada sign long-delayed free trade deal, BBC, 30 October, 2016.

 

Global Justice Now | Ask your MP to oppose toxic EU-Canada deal

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Ask your MP to oppose toxic EU-Canada deal

Say no to CETA

A trade deal as dangerous as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP] has been agreed between the EU and Canada, and is about to come into force.

The EU commission is trying to fast-track this deal so it becomes law before Parliament has scrutinised it in Westminster. We need stop this happening to avoid serious consequences for our democracy and public services.

Please email your MP now.

WHAT IS CETA?

Just like TTIP, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement [CETA] will give corporations new powers to sue governments through special corporate courts. And even if the British parliament rejects CETA, these corporate courts could remain active for several years.

CETA’s 1,600 pages show us that it’s a threat not only to our food standards, but also to the battle against climate change, our ability to regulate big banks to prevent another crash and our power to renationalise industries. 

Public services are particularly at risk because the deal will make it more difficult for future governments, national and local, to prevent Canadian companies from taking over public services in the EU.

WHY WE NEED TO ACT NOW

CETA has already been agreed by the European commission and the Canadian government and it now awaits ratification over the next 12 months.

We believe CETA should be stopped. But it’s a race against the clock.

CETA could take effect in Britain early next year without a Westminster vote. We could face a ‘corporate court’ case from Canadian multinationals before our parliament has had the chance to agree to the deal – or throw it out.

Email your MP and get them to sign Early Day Motion 165 on CETA.

 

38 Degrees | Merci Wallonia!

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Dear Paul,

The dodgy trade deal known as CETA has been blocked! [1] The deal was due to be signed this Thursday. [2] But yesterday, the parliament of Wallonia, part of Belgium, refused to sign. Instead, they sided with millions of us across Europe – a huge, people-powered roadblock.

It’s a plucky move to stand up for democracy in the face of corporate and EU Goliaths. The Walloons are blocking CETA because the deal could allow banned chemicals into our food and let big business sue our government in secret courts. [3] Here in the UK, the worst bits of CETA would still apply for 20 years after we leave the EU. [4]

The Walloons are the only parliament listening to their people on CETA. And they’re under HUGE pressure to crack. So let’s send them a big people-powered message of support, showing them they’re not alone against CETA. It will help give them the strength to hold firm as pressure is piled on them to sign this dodgy deal.

Here’s what the thank you message says (it will be translated into French):

We are UK citizens. We want to say a big thank you to the citizens of Wallonia, for having blocked CETA – the dangerous Canada-EU trade deal. Millions of people all across Europe support what you’re doing.

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If we reach 100,000 signatures by tomorrow, we’ll deliver the message straight to the Embassy, and buy thank you messages in local Walloon newspapers.

Please can you sign the thank you letter to Wallonia? Click here to add your name with one click

CETA contains all the worst bits of its copycat cousin, the TTIP trade deal. The deal would undermine our environmental standards, our food standards, and local identities – even the ‘protected’ Cornish pasty is not safe from CETA! The deal would allow Canadian corporations to make our famous dishes, with banned ingredients, and sell them as ‘locally produced’ goods. [5]

Here’s what Belgium’s Walloon regional president had to say about blocking the deal:

‘We are not against a treaty with Canada. But we won’t have one that jeopardizes social and environmental standards and the protection of public services’ [6]

38 Degrees members voted in our thousands to say that after Brexit, Britain should negotiate trade deals that put people, not big business, first. [7] CETA would lock the UK into one of the very worst kind of trade deals. So we owe the Walloons a thank you!

Thanks for being involved,

Bex, David, Luke, Robin and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES:
[1] BBC News: Belgium Walloons block key EU Ceta trade deal with Canada:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37749236

[2] ITV News: Canada and EU on verge of signing trade deal after emergency talks:
http://www.itv.com/news/2016-10-22/ceta-trade-deal-emergency-talks-eu-canada/

[3] Here’s six reasons why CETA is almost a carbon copy of TTIP, another dangerous trade deal:

1. It contains many of the same dodgy terms, like allowing corporations to sue our governments if our policies and regulations dare interfere with their profits.
2. 80% of American companies have an arm in Canada, so this deal is TTIP by stealth. Those companies could start lawsuits against our government at the taxpayers’ expense.
3. Experts are warning CETA threatens regulations that protect our environment, food production, and access to affordable medicines.
4. Like TTIP, it’s designed to encourage privatisation wherever possible – in our healthcare, energy, water and transport.
5. Worst of all, if CETA passes easily it basically lays out a clearer path for TTIP to pass too.
6. The EU has quietly asked Canada to rework some of the thorniest bits of CETA – such as corporate courts – because officials are worried that public opposition is growing.

This is a good explanation of the story on CETA so far, and what the worst bits of the deal are.
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

[4] Politics: The Canadian trade deal which will let in TTIP by the back door:
http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2016/09/01/canadian-trade-deal-will-let-in-ttip-by-the-back-door

Clientearth Law Firm: Joint analysis of CETA’s Investment Court System (ICS) – Prioritising Private Investment over Public Interest:
http://documents.clientearth.org/wp-content/uploads/library/2016-06-27-analysis-of-ceta-investment-court-system-with-annex-coll-en.pdf

Global Justice Now: Expert opinion concludes that CETA could bind UK for 20 years after Brexit:
http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/news/2016/jul/4/eu-accused-trying-push-through-toxic-trade-deal-ahead-brexit

[5] War on Want: CETA puts your food safety at risk:
http://media.waronwant.org/sites/default/files/summary-ceta-food-safety-english.pdf

[6] RT: Belgium’s Wallonia rejects ‘undemocratic’ EU ultimatum on CETA:
https://www.rt.com/business/363920-eu-ultimatum-belgium-ceta/

[7] 38 Degrees: DIY Brexit results, trade section:
http://diybrexit.38degrees.org.uk/

Canadian TTIP deal is on the ropes – MEPs listened to you!

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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. *

Your MEPs are listening – tell them that now is the time to kill off TTIP and CETA for good!

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.

Your MEPs are listening – tell them that now is the time to kill off TTIP and CETA for good!

* 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.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Bull

TTIP | E-mail your MP NOW!

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Later today, MPs are going to debate TTIP, the dodgy trade deal between the EU and US. [1]

There is a rare opportunity for us to make sure our MPs speak out against the deal in front of the government Minister responsible. Together, we can make sure our MPs, and the government, know that we’re still against TTIP.

TTIP is a danger to our way of life; it could affect our NHS, our environment and our democracy. Under TTIP, corporations could get the right to sue us if they don’t like our laws. [2]

Thursday’s debate has been called by a cross-party group of MPs who think parliament should have more of a say on TTIP – even MPs think the deal is too secretive! [3] Officials and diplomats across Europe and the US are likely to be watching closely. Together, we can show them that when David Cameron says he wants to put ‘rocket boosters’ under TTIP, he doesn’t speak for us. [4] If we can persuade enough MPs to turn up and voice concerns about TTIP, it could really rock the boat.

Just this summer, 38 Degrees members and other campaigners persuaded over half of UK MEPs (our politicians in the European Parliament) to oppose TTIP. [5] But we need to make sure MPs feel the heat too – and that means making sure they know we want them to speak up on our behalf at every opportunity. When we come together as a force, we can take on enormous challenges: the stakes are high with TTIP, so we need to do everything we can to stop this dodgy deal.

Picture this: At the debate, a stream of MPs take to their feet to tell the government that they’ve been inundated with emails from their constituents and the message is loud and clear – we oppose TTIP. The government will be left in no doubt that we see the deal for what it is: a sinister corporate power grab and a threat to our democracy.

But this all hinges on our MPs hearing from us. They need to know why TTIP is bad, and that we expect them to show up and represent our views. It only takes two minutes, so will you email your MP now?

Will you email your MP asking them to speak out, on your behalf, against TTIP? There’s some suggested text that you can use, so it’ll only take 2 minutes to send the email:

Will you email your MP now? It only takes 2 minutes
Tell your MP: oppose TTIP at Thursday’s debate

Thanks for being involved,

Amy, Rachel, Megan, Blanche and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES:
[1] This last-minute debate has been called by Geraint Davies, Zac Goldsmith and Caroline Lucas. They want MPs to be able to properly scrutinise TTIP.

We know that the more people know about this dodgy deal, the more likely they are to turn against it, so more scrutiny of TTIP can only be a good thing for our campaign to scrap it.

The debate is a backbench business debate, which is a chance for some MPs to call for a debate on an issue they care about or want extra scrutiny on.

Parliament UK: How the Backbench Business Committee works:
http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/backbench-business-committee/how-the-backbench-business-committee-works/

[2] TTIP will affect every aspect of our lives, from the NHS to democracy. It:

  • Threatens our public services
  • Transfers powers to big businesses and away from us
  • Weakens our safety standards
  • Lets huge corporations sue governments over regulations they don’t like
  • Weakens our employment rights

38 Degrees: The campaign against TTIP:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/pages/ttip_home

Information on TTIP:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2014/10/12/information-on-ttip/

The Independent: What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/what-is-ttip-and-six-reasons-why-the-answer-should-scare-you-9779688.html

[3] Geraint Davies MP (Labour), Zac Goldsmith MP (Conservative) and Caroline Lucas MP (Green) have put forward the debate together.

[4] The Independent: G20 summit: Cameron promises to fire ‘rocket boosters’ under controversial EU-US TTIP trade deal:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/g20-summit-cameron-promises-to-fire-rocket-boosters-under-controversial-eu-us-ttip-trade-deal-9864000.html

[5] TTIP: people power is working:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2015/06/12/ttip-people-power-is-working/

Here’s my e-mail to Ben Bradshaw MP:

Dear Ben Bradshaw,

I hear there is a debate on TTIP happening in Parliament on Thursday. Please can you assure me that you will attend and voice your opposition to this dangerous deal?

David Cameron says he wants to put ‘rocket boosters’ under TTIP, but he doesn’t speak for me, hundreds more of your constituents, or hundreds and thousands of people across the UK. I think this is an important issue and as my MP I’d like you to take part in this debate.

In its current form, TTIP threatens our democracy because it:
– allows multi-national corporations to sue governments over policies they don’t like;
– puts US firms’ profits ahead of our safety regulations gives corporations more power over our lives;
– threatens the NHS by “opening it up to competition”;
– prevent consideration of environmental and social
factors when awarding contracts; and
– undermine any local authority that makes a decision to take services back under public control

More information about TTIP, and the dangers it poses, here:
http://rosalux-europa.info/news/TTIP/
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/pages/ttip_home
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11664750/What-is-TTIP-and-why-is-it-so-controversial.html

Yours sincerely,

Paul Bull
5 Cranbrook Road
EX25HG
paul4cowick@aol.com

TUC briefing on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (#TTIP)

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Introduction

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and USA has been in negotiation for two years.  While negotiators on both sides spoke hopefully of concluding talks quickly, it looks likely that talks will continue into 2016 and beyond as the US election adds delays.

Much of the content of TTIP has yet to be discussed.  TTIP will be affected by the final shape of the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA), as this is being used as a template for negotiations, but the content of this agreement is also in flux.  CETA was finalised in 2013 but has yet to be ratified by the European or national parliaments.  It may come before the European Parliament as early as the first half of 2016.

TUC key concerns with TTIP

On 10 September 2014, TUC Congress passed a composite motion which stated that ‘while there may be economic benefits in reducing trade tariffs and reviewing regulation for certain industrial sectors, Congress believes that the primary purpose of TTIP is to extend corporate investor rights’ and thus adopted a position of ‘outright opposition’ to TTIP.[1]

1.  Investor-State Dispute Settlement

The TUC believes Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is unacceptable in TTIP and any trade deal as it gives foreign investors the right to a special international court system to sue countries for compensation if they believe a policy would endanger their future profits. ISDS has been used on numerous occasions to overturn legitimate public policy and has had a ‘chilling effect’ on the introduction of new policies. This was the case in New Zealand where the government dropped plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes due to fears of litigation after Philip Morris sued Australia for similar legislation through the ISDS clause in the Hong Kong-Australia Bilateral Investment Treaty.

The provisions on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) will be discussed at the next negotiating round in October.  The EU trade Commissioner stated in July[2]  that these discussions would advance the proposals she announced in March for a slightly reformed version of ISDS.[3]  The TUC is opposed to this reformed version of ISDS as we are opposed to all forms of special courts for foreign investors in trade agreements as they provide a privileged route for investors to seek compensation from governments if they believe a policy would endanger their future profits.[4]

Criticism of the ISDS provisions in CETA by the German, French and Greek governments as well as the Socialists and Democrats group[5] in the European Parliament, among others, raises the possibility that the Investment chapter of CETA, and perhaps other parts of the deal, will be reopened for negotiation in the near future.

2.  Public services

TTIP poses a threat to the National Health Service and the public sector that may be opened up to the privatisation through the ‘negative list’ approaches to service commitments taken in the deal.[6] This approach means that all services are open to further privatisation unless they are explicitly exempted.  In September 2014 the UK government confirmed that it has requested no explicit exemption for the NHS or public services in TTIP. This would mean that the privatisation in services such as health and education that have already been part-privatised would be locked in, preventing future governments from being able to bring these services back into public ownership.  Furthermore ISDS would mean that foreign investors, such as US health companies, would have the power to sue the UK government for renationalising parts of the public service, leading to a ‘chilling effect’ on public policy. This is supported by an LSE study commissioned by the government which concluded that there were little or no economic benefits and high political costs of including ISDS in TTIP.[7]

3.  Jobs and wages

Some of the tariff reductions proposed in TTIP could be good news for British exporters, such as the chemicals and automotive industries – and even textiles, Scotch Whisky and farming. But instead of seeking an agreement with those limited but uncontentious objectives, politicians and business on both sides of the Atlantic have over-reached, seeking to sweep away ’non tariff barriers’ that contain a range of health and safety, environmental and consumer protections. The TUC is unconvinced by studies produced by the UK government and EU Commission promising job gains and growth, particularly as other studies produced using different modelling suggest potential job losses and wage depreciation.[8]  We believe negotiators, governments and businesses need to engage with trade unions on the potential outcomes for different sectors. The European Commission must make clear how funds would be provided through the Globalisation Adjustment Fund to areas losing jobs or income due to TTIP.

4.  Labour standards

The TUC is concerned that TTIP may lead to a lowering of labour standards as the US refuses to ratify core ILO conventions, including those on freedom of association and collective bargaining and operates anti-union “right to work” policies in half of its states.  We are concerned that labour chapters in EU trade agreements to date (such as in the EU-Korea FTA and CETA) have not contained enforceable language such as sanctions for violations of labour standards and that workers would therefore not have a route through TTIP to enforce their rights.

5.  Transparency and openness

Only two trade unionists (ETUC and IndustriALL representatives on the EU’s Advisory group on TTIP) have access to the negotiating texts- and this is in a locked Reading Room where copies cannot be made. We understand the need to keep certain aspects of negotiating strategies confidential but the TUC believes a more open approach is needed overall, based on the following key principles:

·    whatever the negotiators show to employers, they should show to trade unionists;

·    whatever the EU negotiators have given to the US negotiators, they should share with the people they allegedly represent; and

·    the EU should operate on the assumption that documents should be public, unless there is a good reason to keep them secret – rather than the other way round.[9]

6. European Parliament report on TTIP

On July 2 the European Parliament adopted a report on TTIP which contained a number of positive proposals, calling on the Commission to:

·    ensure that there is ratification, implementation and enforcement of the eight fundamental International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda – and that labour and environmental standards are included in other areas of the agreement such as investment, trade in services, regulatory cooperation and public procurement;

·    include rules on corporate social responsibility based on OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and clearly structured dialogue with civil society;

·    ensure that national and local authorities retain the full right to introduce, adopt, maintain or repeal any measures with regards to the commissioning, organisation, funding and provision of public services irrespective of how the services are provided and funded;

·     a “positive list” for market access whereby services that are to be opened up to foreign companies are explicitly mentioned and new services are excluded – this would allow governments to retain policy space for services not explicitly included in negotiations.

However, the TUC did not support the report’s conclusions on Investor-State Dispute Settlement which stated the Commission should:

‘…replace the ISDS-system with a new system for resolving disputes between investors and states which is subject to democratic principles and scrutiny where potential cases are treated in a transparent manner by publicly appointed, independent professional judges in public hearings and which includes an appellate mechanism, where consistency of judicial decisions is ensured, the jurisdiction of courts of the EU and of the Member States is respected and where private interests cannot undermine public policy objectives.’

As stated above, although this criticism of the traditional version of ISDS may be useful for encouraging the Commission to reopen the investment chapter of CETA, the TUC does not support the proposal that a modified version of ISDS would be preferable to the traditional ISDS found in CETA.  We are opposed in principle to foreign investors having a special court system to sue for compensation if they claim their rights have been violated – no equivalent exists for consumers, workers or domestic investors.  The TUC believes there should be no ISDS or any variation of ISDS in CETA, TTIP or any trade agreement.


[7] J. Bonnitcha, J.Webb Yackee, L.Skovgaard Poulsen,’The Costs and Benefits of an EU-US Investment Protection Treaty’, seehttp://www.italaw.com/sites/default/files/archive/costs-and-benefits-of-an-eu-usa-investment-protection-treaty.pdf

[8]  Eg, J. Capaldo, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European Disintegration, Unemployment and Instability,http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/Pubs/wp/14-03CapaldoTTIP.pdf

[9] See TUC submission to European Ombudsman’s consultation on transparency and TTIP: http://www.tuc.org.uk/international-issues/tuc-submission-european-ombudsman-consultation-ttip-and-transparency

TUC TTIP briefing as PDF

Thanks from 38 Degrees for TTIP Day of Action

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Dear friends,

I’ve been out in my local area today to spread the word about a frightening trade deal our politicians are negotiating in secret right now: TTIP. The deal is like a wishlist for big corporations, but would be a disaster for ordinary people and our democracy.

This deal would:
– make it nearly impossible to reverse privatisation in our public services, such as our NHS or schools
– give big businesses the power to sue our government if it chose to make laws that would harm their profits, like raising the minimum wage or putting plain packaging on cigarettes.
– let thousands of currently banned nasty chemicals into our food and cosmetics
– put more bee-killing pesticides onto our fields

I don’t know about you, but I think this paints a terrifying picture for our future – and our children and grandchildren’s futures.

Fortunately, there’s a growing people-powered campaign to stop TTIP. More and more people across the UK and Europe are hearing about this dangerous deal, and getting behind the campaign to stop it.

If ordinary people shout loud enough in every town and city, our MPs and MEPs will have to listen. So will you join me and sign the petition against TTIP now?

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/TTIP-petition-emailshare

Thanks,

PS. You can find out more here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/pages/ttip_more_information

I’ve received the following e-mail of thanks from 38 Degrees Campaign HQ.

Dear Paul,

Walking down high streets across the UK today, it would be hard to miss the army of 38 Degrees members – out spreading the word about TTIP. Together, we’re making this trade deal a toxic word and getting hundreds of thousands more people behind the campaign. If you were out, thank you for being a part of it!

The politicians and corporate lobbyists behind TTIP are bunkering down, trying to make this deal even more secret. [1] But 38 Degrees members are doing the opposite: we’re shining a light on this huge threat to our democracy, our NHS, and our environment (including our bees!). [2]

It’s simple: the bigger the opposition, the harder it is for the dodgy deal to get through. So as one more push, to get the message out to as many people as possible, can you share what we did today on Facebook – or forward the email below on to five friends?

Our pressure is working, one conversation at a time. Here’s the latest from today’s events across the UK:

“I got 3 pages of names in 3 hours! I went around to local shops and explained the deal in terms of how their business could be affected by bigger fish. People shopping/drinking there heard me and added their names!” Edward, from Leyton

“The best comment I received today was “Thankyou, you’ve really opened up my eyes to things. I had never heard of TTIP.” Linden, from Staffordshire

“It was heartwarming to know that people who live near me are as worried about this trade deal as me – and are keen to do something about it” Rachel, from Hexham

A year ago, 38 Degrees members took part in the first ever day of action to stop TTIP. [3] We’ve come so far – over two million people across Europe have signed the petition against the deal. And we’ve persuaded over half of our MEPs to take a stand against TTIP. [4] Together, we’re a force to be reckoned with. Let’s keep it up.

Thanks for being involved,

Bex, Amy, Rebecca and the 38 Degrees team

PS: Please can you take a few minutes to fill in this short survey about today’s action? It will help make future of days of action even better:
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/surveys/TTIP-day-of-action-feedback

PPS: Local papers across the UK are packed with stories about TTIP this weekend:
http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/13619254.38_Degrees_campaigners_to_descend_on_Stourbridge_on_Saturday_to_highlight__secret_trade_deal_/

http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Day-action-campaign-reaches-towns/story-27652640-detail/story.html

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/210874106-scores-take-manchester-streets-protest-secret-us-eu-trade-deal

And together, we’ve got the message out on radio and TV. Listen to Rebecca from the staff team speaking about TTIP on BBC 3 Counties yesterday (from 2:10):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ygjtd

You can also click here to follow-up with your local press about how the day of action went in your area. There’s a template email, and it’ll only take a few minutes:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/ttip-day-press-release

NOTES:
[1] The Independent: TTIP controversy: Secret trade deal can only be read in secure ‘reading room’ in Brussels:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-controversy-secret-trade-deal-can-only-be-read-secure-in-reading-room-in-brussels-10456206.html

[2] The Telegraph: What is TTIP and why is it so controversial?:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11664750/What-is-TTIP-and-why-is-it-so-controversial.html

[3] Full Fact: TTIP’s “secret courts”:
https://fullfact.org/europe/ttip_secret_courts-46491

[4] The Independent: British sovereignty ‘at risk’ from EU-US trade deal: UK in danger of surrendering judicial independence to multinational corporations, warn activists:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/british-sovereignty-at-risk-from-euus-trade-deal-uk-in-danger-of-surrendering-judicial-independence-to-multinational-corporations-warn-activists-9057318.html

[5] 38 Degrees: TTIP Day of Action:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2015/08/22/ttip-day-of-action-3/

[6] 38 Degrees blog: TTIP day of action tomorrow!:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2014/10/10/ttip-october-day-of-action-faqs/

[7] 38 Degrees blog: MEPs who voted for what?
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2015/07/08/ttip-who-voted-for-what/