CETA trade deal approved but 'future far from certain'

15 February 2017 - 11:00am
Press release

The EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, was passed in the European parliament today: 408-254.

Mark Dearn, Senior Trade Campaigner at War on Want, said:

"CETA has been passed by the European Parliament today  but its future remains far from certain due to legal hurdles it still faces and entrenched opposition in countries which are yet to vote on the deal.

"As a key EU committee has ruled, CETA will worsen inequality and increase social tensions across the continent. Its secret negotiation process was used to bring tar sands oil into Europe for the first time, and it sets a new precedent for locking in the privatisation of public services like the NHS. Worse still, CETA's 'corporate court' process destroys equality before the law and will give big business new powers to sue our government."

"The role of the UK government on CETA has been nothing short of appalling. It bypassed parliamentary scrutiny to sign us up to CETA and has presented, at best, questionable claims on CETA's impacts on the UK which no one has ever seen. This leaves us with much to worry about in any future trade deals the government negotiates, in particular with Donald Trump's USA."

Notes to editors

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