Transparency and democracy in UK trade deals

As Parliament returns with a trade bill atop its agenda, we have a unique chance to ensure that transparency and democracy are at the heart of UK trade deals. Modern trade deals affect all areas of life, from environmental rules, to public services like the NHS and even whether or not our government can be sued – at taxpayer expense - for public interest policies that affects investors’ profits. 

Under our current rules, Parliament has no say about what's in trade deals, and it can't vote them down either.  The government has not committed to ensuring Parliament will have a say in UK trade deals - this is the chance to make sure that if the government negotiates another TTIP, we can know about it and we can stop it!

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