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'Disgrace' That MPs Have Voted to Give Away Control - Reaction to CETA Vote

WASHINGTON - Reacting to today’s vote in parliament on CETA, the EU-Canada trade deal, Alex Scrivener, of Global Justice Now said:

“It is a disgrace that MPs have today voted through a trade deal that will give away control to large corporations and their corporate courts, despite strong and long-standing public opposition to what amounts to ‘TTIP with Canada’. It is particularly disappointing that the Labour Party has failed to vote against the deal.  

Nevertheless, today’s vote was essentially a PR stunt by Liam Fox to give the illusion of scrutiny ahead of a far bigger battle: the return of the Trade Bill to parliament in the coming weeks. The British public will not be fooled by this mirage of democratic scrutiny. CETA is exactly the sort of trade deal that Liam Fox would love to sign after Brexit, and today’s vote shows how important it is that the Trade Bill is amended to bring in trade democracy. Otherwise, CETA could be the last trade deal MPs ever vote on.”

Global Justice Now signed a joint civil society statement ahead of the vote warning that the deal threatens democracy and public services:


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Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. We mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.

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