9 March 2015
Prospective Green candidate for Shrewsbury and Atcham Emma Bullard has received over 100 emails from local residents who are strongly opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - TTIP - in particular the threat it poses to the core principles of the NHS, and the undemocratic way it is being negotiated.
The Green Party shares these concerns and will do everything it can to stop TTIP. Green MEPs and our MP are already working hard to achieve this.
Text of the email from local voters:
I would like you to oppose the TTIP trade deal.
I’m really worried about the effect of TTIP (The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) on further privatisation of our NHS and public services, as well as the inclusion of an ISDS clause which could allow corporations to sue governments. A document leaked last week showed that the NHS still isn’t exempt from the deal. You can read more about it here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/ttip-leaked
Please can you tell me what you will do to stop this deal and protect our public services?
and the reply from Emma Bullard:
The Green Party is the only major UK political party to oppose TTIP and I agree with you that there is every reason to be worried about it.
If TTIP became law, we would see a race to the bottom in terms of healthcare, environmental protection, employment rights and animal welfare (among other things) - all in the name of profit.
TTIP will make liberalisation and privatisation 'one way streets': returning public utilities, hospitals or waste collection to the public sector once privatised will be much more difficult or even impossible once the agreement is in place.
Elected Greens in the European Parliament and here in the UK are working hard to alert the public to the dodgy deal being negotiated behind their backs.
One of the most worrying aspects of TTIP is the proposal to protect corporate investors against the democratic interests of citizens (so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement). This represents an extraordinary backward step. If passed into law, it would allow private corporations to sue democratically elected governments for loss of profits arising from legislation brought in to protect citizens.
TTIP would erode the kind of civilised protections for which Europeans have fought long and hard.
The Green Party will do everything in its power - working with others at home and abroad - to prevent this damaging, dangerous and undemocratic agreement from coming into force.
Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party held a meeting on the need to oppose TTIP on 2 February with a speaker from Global Justice Now, after which I issued this press release:
For more on the Green Party's view of TTIP please see: http://greenparty.org.uk/news/2014/07/11/green-party-ttip-trade-deal-is-...
And here is a link to Caroline Lucas's 2013 Early Day Motion calling for talks on TTIP to be frozen: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/793
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