Monday, 6 February 2017

CETA trade deal will not be debated in House of Commons

"A full parliamentary debate on a controversial trade deal between the EU and Canada will now not be happening, despite assurances in October from Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox that it would."

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is awaiting a vote in the European Parliament on 15 February. Opponents of the trade have argued that much like its sister agreement TTIP, CETA would hand a raft of new powers over to multinational corporations, and would pose a threat to public services, as well as environmental and labour protections."

"Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now said:"

"Over three months ago Liam Fox was criticised by a parliamentary committee over the lack of debate on this controversial and far-reaching trade deal between the EU and Canada. And Liam Fox was at pains to assure the committee that this debate would take place. It’s disgraceful and disingenuous that Fox is now trying to bypass a thorough parliamentary process that he had committed to in order to avoid more rigorous scrutiny of a trade deal that would threaten public services, labour rights and consumer standards in the UK."

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