Without any public debate our government is rushing us into a free trade #TTIP agreement that will end national sovereignty and democracy as we know it.
(TTIP and TPP are a new breed of international trade pacts crafted by multinational corporations and currently being negotiated in secret).
The Government and media ranting about the EU, benefits tourism, health tourism, benefits cheats, immigration and feckless scroungers keeps everyone’s mind off the financial crisis, i.e. the ongoing consequences of the 2007/8 banking collapse caused by lack of regulation, greed, criminality and incompetence at the top levels of our financial services.
It also makes sure that no one pays any attention to the international trade agreements that are being negotiated and agreed in our names but with a lack of transparency and total lack of democratic debate. Despite its faults the EU has democratic accountability with checks and balances – sovereignty is shared between the member nations. Once the international trade deals are signed there will be no democratic oversight, individual nations will not have a veto or any control over the decisions – it will be what Euro-sceptics claim about the EU but this time it will be for real, non-negotiable and the power will rest with international corporations while the Nation State will have been emasculated in the name of free-trade. Needless to say a UK outside the EU would be in an even worse position trying to negotiate free-trade agreements from a position of abject weakness.
These free trade agreements transfer power away from the civilising influence of our democratic institutions and pass them to large international corporations that will be able to run rough shod over the wishes of democratic governments and their citizens. There will be no chance for civil society in an international free for all. It will be “top down authority” from companies more powerful than individual nation states.
The issue here is not free trade which, presumably, is a good thing. It is that the trade agreements look as if they are being written by big business for big business – there is little evidence that anyone is looking after the interests of the ‘little people’ – ‘the 99%’ – ‘us’!
Check out the links below and let me know what you think.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP):
Plans to create an EU-US single market will allow corporations to sue governments using secretive panels, bypassing courts and parliaments The privatisation of the NHS will be unstoppable: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/02/transatlantic-free-trade-deal-regulation-by-lawyers-eu-us
British sovereignty ‘at risk’ from EU-US trade deal: UK in danger of surrendering judicial independence to multinational corporations: 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
Osborne’s bid to end democracy by the back door: http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/osbornes-bid-to-end-democracy-by-the-back-door/
Here’s how we’re giving the NHS to USA health insurance companies. Did anyone vote for this? Does anyone want this?: http://www.euractiv.com/trade/ttip-puts-eus-environmental-soci-analysis-532724?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=EurActivRSS
EU Commission Redefines Corporate Lobbyists As ‘Civil Society’ To Pretend To Be Transparent In TAFTA/TTIP:
Why the new US-EU trade deal will be disastrous for the climate: https://www.wdm.org.uk/climate-change/why-new-us-eu-trade-deal-will-be-disastrous-climate
TTIP puts the EU’s environmental and social policies on the line: http://www.euractiv.com/trade/ttip-puts-eus-environmental-soci-analysis-532724
The Global Fight Against Corporate Rule – challenging rules that grant corporations the right to sue governments:
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new international trade pact crafted by multinational corporations and currently being negotiated in secret by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) along with 11 other foreign governments. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) describes the agreement as “an attack on democratic governance” and “a punch in the face to the middle class of America.” : http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/01/secretive_trade_agreement_would_undermine_democracy_ursula_rozum.html
Critics say vaunted environmental chapter offers few gains to balance downsides of trade deal: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11187155