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Reaction to the Release of US-UK Trade Negotiation Objectives Today
WASHINGTON - Commenting on the release today of negotiating objectives for a trade deal with the United States, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said:
“These objectives show that the government is living in cloud-cuckoo land. While some of the language on the NHS and food standards sounds very nice, in fact this trade deal will allow US multinationals to challenge and change our regulations, potentially even creating a corporate court to allow US multinationals to sue the British government in a secretive parallel legal process. What’s more, the objectives aren’t based in reality – it is not at all clear why the US would offer Britain greater access to its food markets without meeting the US’s own core demands around food and medicines. This will not end well, and the fact the government is risking our standards for a mere 0.07%-0.16% of GDP is astonishing.”
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