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Parliament fails to win democratic oversight on trade

17 July 2018 - 4:00pm

Responding to votes on scrutiny of trade agreements in the Trade Bill, senior trade campaigner at War on Want Jean Blaylock, says: “Democratic oversight of trade is not rocket science. MEPs in the European Parliament and members of Congress get an automatic vote on trade deals. Why shouldn’t MPs?

To stop Trumpism in its tracks, turn to trade

14 July 2018 - 2:15pm

  • 250,000 people marched in central London yesterday, making this Britain’s biggest demonstration for over a  decade
  • Actions took place in more than 50 cities across the UK, with major protests in Edinburgh
  • At Chequers talks, President Trump described the US-UK relationship as ‘the highest level of special’ but said trade deal only possible if there were ‘no restrictions’ on US firms

The dark heart of Trumpism threatens us all

12 July 2018 - 4:45pm

Commenting on the enormous Stop Trump demonstration co-organised by War on Want as a partner in the Stop Trump Coalition, executive director Asad Rehman, says:

“A world that faces the multiple crisis of inequality, climate change and war requires solutions based on justice and solidarity. The politics of Donald Trump offer nothing but bigotry and hatred, sacrificing the poorest and most vulnerable to the interests of rich elites.

Reaction: Irish Seanad stands with human rights, bans trade with illegal settlements

11 July 2018 - 5:30pm

Responding to the news that the Irish Senate has voted for a motion to ban goods originating in occupied territories, Ryvka Barnard, senior campaigner on militarism and security at War on Want, says

Reaction: Israeli military to demolish West Bank Palestinian village

5 July 2018 - 3:00pm

"It's time for the UK government to step up and hold complicit companies to account over their involvement and to end its own complicity in Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian rights.”

Reaction: parliament passes CETA as Labour abstains

26 June 2018 - 1:30pm

Responding to today’s parliamentary debate and vote on the CETA trade deal, from which the Labour Party abstained, Jean Blaylock, senior trade campaigner at War on Want, says:

“Quite simply, CETA puts corporate power above democratic rule. It includes the notorious ‘corporate courts’ which give big business the power to sue countries for any policy they claim could affect their profits, even if it is vital to the public interest.

Civil society asks MPs to defend democracy and reject CETA today

26 June 2018 - 10:45am

As MPs finally get to debate CETA, the EU-Canada trade deal, in parliament today, civil society groups warn this toxic trade deal threatens our democracy and public services, calling on MPs to reject it.

Reaction: McDonald's called before tax committee

20 June 2018 - 2:45pm

Responding to the news that McDonald's will appear before Parliament's special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance, War on Want's Senior Campaigner on economic justice, Owen Espley, says: 

Reaction: US withdrawal from UN human rights council

20 June 2018 - 12:00pm

Responding to the US withdrawal from the UN human rights council today, War on Want's senior campaigner on militarism and security Ryvka Barnard, said:

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