The Threat of Trump-TIP

Brexit has revealed an almost total lack of democratic control over UK trade policy. Theresa May is intent on negotiating new trade deals behind closed doors, with minimal opportunity for Parliament to examine or challenge them. One of the most important of these deals will be the one that is struck with the USA and... Continue Reading →

New 38 Degrees petition to Liam Fox:

  Sign the open letter to get a good trade deal with the US 38 Degrees are asking people to sign an open letter to Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, who is conducting negotiations with the USA The open letter: Dear Liam Fox, 38 Degrees members believe that trade is essential... Continue Reading →

On Friday 28th July Manchester will see a new DIY arts and politics space Partisan open right in the centre of the city. As part of the jam packed opening weekend line-up, Global Justice Now are running a workshop on trade on Saturday afternoon, the 29th from 13.00-14.00. Entitled Trade Trouble: We've lost control, the workshop will... Continue Reading →

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will be implemented on the 21st September. Implementation will be regarded as provisional until it has been ratified by the governments of all EU member states. Source: Farmers Journal

What are corporate courts?

ISDS is a trans-national system of kangaroo courts run by corporate lawyers for the purpose of protecting corporate profits.  They allow foreign corporations to sue national governments and overrule any domestic regulations that reduce their profitability. Some key features of these courts are: They usually meet in secret; Only trans-national corporations can lodge claims, typically... Continue Reading →

Brexit bills – Power grab

The Queen’s Speech contained a raft of Brexit bills that will determine control of the trade agenda for the foreseeable future, the most important of which is probably the Great Repeal Bill, which will replace European with British law. Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, described it as: “a power grab – a sweeping... Continue Reading →

African producers condemn Sainsbury’s betrayal

Sainsbury's plan to stop selling goods that carry the widely respected Fairtrade mark has been roundly condemned by Fairtrade Africa.  The organisation has published an open letter rejecting Sainsbury's proposals as a power grab, aimed at undermining producer autonomy and transferring control to a clique of company bureaucrats.  The full text of Fairtrade Africa's letter... Continue Reading →

CETA imminent

Big trans-national corporations, which failed to achieve their objectives through TTIP are now on the verge of achieving them through the back door, in the form of the CETA treaty. CETA is a TTIP-like treaty between Europe and Canada, which will allow Canadian subsidiaries of major trans-nationals to increase their dominance. Get Global Justice Now's... Continue Reading →

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