TTIP is being negotiated in secret – clearly, policy makers do not want people to know what they are planning to do to our environment, our public services, and our democracy. If we want to beat this undemocratic deal, we need to make sure that the public knows about TTIP and the impact it would have on our lives.
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Currently being negotiated in secret between the EU and USA, TTIP is set to be the biggest transfer of power to transnational capital that we have seen in a generation, and it is up to us to stop it. There is already a major campaign against TTIP across continental Europe, and we need to build one in Britain too.
Melinda St Louis, International Campaigns Director of the Global Trade Watch programme at Public Citizen (USA)
They are mechanisms by which rich, powerful nations get poor, weaker nations to open their borders to trade on their terms enriching the large corporations, a small elite and, if you’re very lucky, a few in the middle as well whilst driving those at the bottom off the land and into the sweatshops.
However every now and again something comes along that’s a little different.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a free trade deal between two trading blocks, Europe and the USA, neither or which are particularly poor and which have very few trade barriers.
So what’s going on? Read this blog to find out more.
The official online consultation is HERE but first see Corporate Europe Observatory’s response to and critique of the consultation HERE. Significantly, it doesn’t allow people to feedback on one of the worst aspects of TTIP, the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
However, this quick and easy poll (open till 6th July) allows members of the public to do just that: http://www.no2isds.eu/