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Jonathan Stevenson, media officer
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"TTIP Has Failed" - Global Justice Now Response
Responding to the news that the German Vice Chancellor said that the TTIP negotiations had failed, Kevin Smith, a spokesperson for campaign group Global Justice Now, said:
"The fact that TTIP has failed is testament to the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to protest against it, the three million people who signed a petition calling for it to be scrapped, and the huge coalition of civil society groups, trade unions and activists who came together to stop it. TTIP would have resulted in a massive corporate power grab, and sovereign democracies across the EU would have been deeply compromised.
"We’re still not out of the woods in terms of dealing the EU’s legacy of toxic trade deals. CETA, the free trade deal between Canada and the EU has already been ratified, and if the European Parliament passes it, it will come into effect before the UK parliament has had any chance to vote on it. So many of the controversial elements of TTIP would effectively come in through the back door with CETA, and people across Europe are already mobilising in large numbers to stop this attempted corporate coup just like they have done with TTIP."
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