Opposition grows to ‘a treaty that would let rapacious companies subvert our laws, rights and national sovereignty’ – Monbiot

molly seen here at the temporarily closed Dawlish lineGreen MEP Molly Scott Cato has presented a general statement covering issues raised by all who had written to her expressing concerns about the proposed Transatlantic, Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, aka Teatip) last covered on this site at the end of November.

Thirty-eight sensible MPs signed Early Day Motion 793 tabled by Green MP Caroline Lucas, which gives an overview of these concerns:


Ms Scott Cato highlighted related issues during her election campaign, working hard to bring the threat to public attention, but found that the media were extremely resistant to covering this subject. Why?

The aspect which she and many others find most disturbing are the proposals for Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), since these have the potential to seriously undermine democracy. She is concerned that some of the most likely uses of such new corporate powers are likely to be in the health sector and has written about the threats to the precautionary principle and to our high environmental and animal welfare standards.

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During July the Green Group (above) questioned the President of the Commission and he stated that he shared some of its concerns, especially around ISDS and the lack of judicial oversight, so Ms Scott Cato thinks that perhaps there is some cause for hope there. In addition the new Trade Commissioner Cecilia Maestrom raised similar concerns about ISDS during her response to questions from the parliament. The Green Group has this at the top of its priorities for this legislative session, and has a blog: TTIP: What Lies Beneath.

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All members of the Green Group will be fighting hard to mobilise public opinion against TTIP. To this end Ms Scott Cato took part in the October Day of Action organised by the 38 Degrees pressure group and a November debate with prominent members of other parties in Bristol (above).

These are useful links to discussions in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.



Posted on November 19, 2014, in Admirable politician, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Economy, Environment, EU, Government, Lobbying, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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