Last Friday, a delegation a Flintshire residents presented me with a petition calling for the government to take note of peoples concerns that TTIP will undermine the public service and workers’ rights.
332 people signed the petition in Delyn and it was presented to me by Joan Santana. TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States of America. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations.
I am extremely concerned by TTIP. I am strongly opposed to privatisation of our public services, especially our education and healthcare systems, and the undermining of the high standards the EU places on environmental protection and food.
The government has been walking blindly along with TTIP, and it has only been through the impressive campaigning of the likes of Joan that has brought about serious change. I will be handing this petition to the Trade Minister, Lord Francis Maude, to ensure the government knows that the people of Flintshire have serious concerns over this agreement.
Both Labour MPs and MEPs have been fighting hard at home and in the European Parliament to stop the excesses of TTIP. But more is still to be done and the government must intervene in a process that is putting future UK governments at risk from large multinational companies.
Joan Santana, the organiser of the petition said:
“The group of us came to see David Hanson MP, because it is important our MP knows about the concerns of the 332 people who signed in Delyn, part of the 502, 259 in the UK, and 3,279,498 in Europe. Furthermore, it is important that the Government take account of all these views before they finally decide.