Brexit will require that the British Government negotiate a whole new set of trade agreements, not just with the EU, but with countries across the world. Theresa May has made it clear that she wants to do this with as little scrutiny as possible. Greater Manchester Trade Action Network will be campaigning to make sure that she doesn’t get her way and that she makes deals that are in the best interests of ordinary people, not just corporate profits.
Big trans-national corporations, which failed to achieve their objectives through TTIP are now on the verge of achieving them through the back door.
The trade in services agreement is being negotiated between 23 WTO countries. See report here.
Fundamentally, #TiSA is about curtailing society’s ability to do two things: first, to democratically regulate and control the activities of multinational corporations engaged in the delivery of services; and second, to provide essential services to their citizens through the appropriate mix of public, not-for-profit and private services that they themselves decide.
International development and trade petition
Traidcraft, Fairtrade Foundation and development agencies like Oxfam and Christian Aid are campaigning to promote stronger and more just trading relationships between the UK and developing countries. They explain the issue more fully here.
They are currently collecting signatures for a petition to Liam Fox, the Minister responsible for International Trade, asking him to allow imports from the poorest countries to enter the UK tax-free. You can sign here.
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