What the heck is TTIP?!

If you haven’t heard of TTIP, you’re going to want to hear this. If you have heard of TTIP, here’s a chance to do something about it by participating in a consultation which ends of the 13th of July.

When I first heard about TTIP I was hit with a despairing sinking feeling, so apologies for being the bearer of bad news. TTIP stands for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It is a proposed trade deal which would undermine our democracy and allow corporations to sue our government for passing legislation which harmed their interests, for example environment, health, human rights or nationalisation. To those of you thinking “but they can’t do that!” I need to mention that Canada and China have already signed just such a trade deal. I was in Canada when they signed it and was horrified to see most Canadians had no idea it was happening until it was too late. I do not believe our government has the authority to sign away our rights, but whether they have or not, they are intending to do so.

Friends of the Earth has produced a factsheet which you can see here, but further amendments have also been made on the submissions page here. The consultation can be completed here. You can put whatever you like in each of the boxes, I emphasised that I was opposed to the deal in its entirety. Your comments must be your own as they will disregard any that appear to be duplicates. Some example comments from my awesome bro are below.

PLEASE share this widely and have your say before the deadline. Whatever other awesome things you are working on for our society TTIP would affect them all so make this your second campaign. 

“The TTIP, in particular the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement, will reduce member nations sovereign ability to legislate in accordance with the needs and wishes of their people; this is in conflict with the fundamental principles of a democratic state.
 
I believe that no process of dispute resolution, especially ones of the significance covered by the TTIP, should be carried out secretly and with either no or an inadequate right of appeal.
 
The TTIP will create substantial costs for taxpayers of member states with the risk of inadequate information being provided to allow for scrutiny of these costs.
 
The ISDP allows for decisions that can affect member state legislation to be made by individuals who are unelected and not accountable to the citizens of member states.
 
It provides investors with equal rights, in some respects, to member states governments, even though investors are unelected and not not act in the public interest.”
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