Trade Secretary Liam Fox is conducting trade talks with 21 governments -- including the Trump administration. Unless we act now, we won’t know what’s been agreed until after deals are signed.
A powerful committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into transparency and scrutiny of trade deals, so now’s our chance to change that.
Tell the International Trade Committee that you want trade deals to be transparent and democratic.
Trump’s Commerce Secretary has already said that any UK-US trade deal will hinge on the UK dropping food and farming standards, and Australia is preparing to demand that Britain accepts hormone-treated beef as the price of a symbolic early Brexit trade deal.
And we’ve seen plans by a network of transatlantic right-wing think tanks -- supported by Liam Fox -- which will call for Britain to ditch strict EU safety standards in order to secure a sweeping US-UK trade deal. Chlorinated chicken, hormone pumped beef and health harming food additives currently banned in the EU, anyone?
All of this could become a reality, unless we step up the fight to get a proper democratic process for negotiating trade deals -- and quickly. On March 29th next year - Brexit day - the UK will be able to sign new trade deals.
Add your name to demand democratic and transparent trade deals.
On the one hand Liam Fox makes pledges on transparency in trade talks, and Theresa May’s government releases statements assuring us that we will maintain ‘high standards on animal welfare and food safety’ as we leave the EU.
But on the other, the government demands total secrecy in its trade talks with the USA, Liam Fox talks about removing the ‘unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy and red tape that inhibit the free trade’, and corporate lobbyists get huge access to behind the scenes meetings while we are all shut out.
Let’s change that and demand that we get a process for negotiating and ratifying trade deals that guarantees:
- The right of Parliament to set a thorough mandate to govern each trade negotiation, with a remit for the devolved administrations
- The right of the public to be consulted as part of setting that mandate
- A presumption of full transparency in negotiations
- The right of Parliament to amend and to reject trade deals, with full debates and scrutiny guaranteed and a remit for the devolved administrations, and
- The right of Parliament to review trade deals and withdraw from them in a timely manner.
Will you add your name to these demands for democracy and transparency in trade, so we can send a powerful message to the International Trade Committee?
SumOfUs members have already done so much to push for trade deals that put people before profit. Millions of us came together and against all odds we put the corporate power-grab of TTIP on ice. Thousands of you signed the petition for a better, more just trade deal with the US. And you already got Liam Fox rattled after he received over 7000 emails from SumOfUs members like you.
Now, we have to keep pushing to make sure Brexit doesn’t turn into a corporate power-grab.