Who really benefits from free trade agreements like TTIP, Ceta and Nafta?

16 November 2016 - 12:15pm
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This letter was first carried by the Guardian.

A key lesson we need to draw from Donald Trump’s election is that toxic trade deals like the US-EU agreement TTIP are as unwanted in American society as in Europe. Trump cynically exploited public anger about these deals to win the US presidency.

But we know, like Ukip here, that Trump is actually in favour of deregulation, privatisation and putting profit before people. His policies will not serve the interests of working-class communities, they will simply divide them and create the sorts of international tensions that, in previous times, sparked world wars.

TTIP was killed off by a movement of ordinary people who believe in an open, equal and democratic society where diversity is embraced and everyone’s rights are respected. We objected to TTIP because it would be bad for ordinary people and will hand power to big money – to businessmen like Donald Trump.

We know that politicians are now fearful of opposing deals like Ceta – the EU-Canada deal which is currently making its way through the European parliament. This is exactly the wrong lesson to pull from Trump’s election.

To defeat the politics of racism and hatred represented by Trump and the far right in Europe, we call on politicians to support economic policies that will benefit the majority of people, eradicate poverty, create decent jobs and good public services and halt climate change.

The first step politicians in Europe must take is to vote to stop Ceta in the coming weeks.

Mark Dearn War on Want

Nick Dearden Global Justice Now

Molly Scott Cato Green party MEP

Dave Prentis Unison

Len McCluskey Unite

Kevin CourtneyNational Union of Teachers

Bert Schouwenburg GMB

Ruth Bergan Trade Justice Movement 

Tim Flitcroft NoTTIP UK

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