British artists against TTIP trade deal

This video from Britain says about itself:

Why artists are saying no to TTIP. | Guardian Features

9 June 2015

A group of artists including actors Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott and Juliet Stevenson and designer Vivienne Westwood are fronting a campaign ( to raise public awareness of the trade deal TTIP (pronounced tee-tip) which is being secretly negotiated between the EU and the US.

They are questioning its democratic validity, as no UK MP has had access to the negotiating documents. This week a European petition against TTIP has reached a record 2 million signatures, a few days ahead of a crucial vote on the deal by MEPs in the European parliament.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Artistic types join fight to halt TTIP

Friday 3rd July 2015

LEADING actors, musicians, writers and producers united yesterday for a new campaign against the hated free-trade deal TTIP.

Dozens of people are backing the Artists Against TTIP campaign, launched at London’s Young Vic Theatre, to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is being negotiated in secret by the EU and the US.

The deal would enforce privatisation of public services.

It would also hand multinational corporations powers to sue governments in a special court if they enact legislation deemed to affect the corporations’ profits — issues such as health and safety or working hours.

It was set up in collaboration with campaign groups War on Want and Global Justice Now.

Artists Against TTIP founder and director Carrie Cracknell said: “As soon as I heard about TTIP and the scale of its potential impact I was horrified.

“I kept asking people I knew if they had heard about it and nobody had. It dawned on me that a deal was being negotiated, in secret, which could radically alter the balance of power between democratic governments and big multinational corporations and there was virtually no public dialogue about it.

“That was the impetus for founding Artists Against TTIP, to try to use the public profile of the artistic community to alert people to this issue, and the rapidly escalating public opposition to it.”

Artists backing the campaign include Dominic Cooke, Lily Cole, Jeremy Hardy, Mike Leigh, Helen McCrory, Tobias Menzies, Mark Rylance, Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens, Juliet Stevenson, Sam West, Vivienne Westwood and Ruth Wilson.

Actor Mark Rylance added: “TTIP is an attempt to bypass our English laws, and control our ability to change our minds in the future. We must resist this.”

CORE texts of the secretive Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa) have finally been exposed by WikiLeaks: here.

NEWLY released Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa) documents show the treaty is “a continuing threat to sea­farers’ wages and conditions,” the International Transport ­Workers Federation (ITF) said yesterday: here.

DEVELOPING countries will be thrown deeper into poverty by the extreme capitalist TTIP trade deal between the US and EU, the Fairtrade Foundation said yesterday: here.

SEAFARERS must ignore “sly, spurious and sinister half truths” from the EU claiming that trade deals will level the playing field in global shipping, maritime union Nautilus heard yesterday. The union has overwhelmingly passed policy as its conference opposing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: here.

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  2. CAMPAIGNERS fighting a rip-off international trade deal which hands huge powers to corporations have been making a last-ditch effort to block the deal in the European Parliament today.

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been negotiated mainly in secret by the European Union and the United States.

    If approved, the pact could force the privatisation of public services across the EU and enable international corporations to sue governments that enact legislation affecting their profits in areas such as health and safety, environmental protection and minimum wages.

    Global Justice Now campaign’s Nick Dearden said: “Following on from the Greek referendum, this is the second episode of ‘democracy versus the markets’ to be played out in the EU this week.

    “We call on MEPs from all parties to clearly vote in line with the nearly two and a half million people who have signed a petition calling for TTIP to be scrapped.”

    MEPs were due to vote on the deal on June 9, but the debate was postponed due to “political divisions.”


  3. SOCIAL democrat MEPs split over a vote on the secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Wednesday.

    The European Parliament voted by 436 to 241 in favour of a motion on establishing a corporate court to deal with the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) aspect of the proposed treaty.

    German members of the Social and Democratic (S&D) bloc joined conservatives and liberals in backing the motion leaving their fellow members — including the British Labour Party — to vote against it.

    There was uproar from some MEPs — including members of European Parliament president Martin Schulz’s own S&D bloc — in Wednesday’s vote at what they saw as manipulation of voting procedures to ensure no anti-ISDS amendment would be voted on. The original vote scheduled for June had been postponed at the last minute by Mr Schultz out of fears that it might be lost.

    The judicial panel system was proposed as a compromise to the original ISDS proposals, which would allow foreign companies to sue governments for hypothetical losses if they pass new legislation that might affect business profits.

    Supporters of the compromise claim it would be more transparent and allow for appeals, but opponents dismiss it as a thin veneer of democracy on an anti-democratic treaty.

    Opponents of TTIP warn that it will override national laws, force the privatisation of all public services and create a race to the bottom in labour, food and health and safety regulations.

    A debate held on Tuesday highlighted divisions in the parliament, with one MEP commenting that the choice in the vote was between the wishes of European people or vested corporate interests.

    War on Want director John Hilary yesterday pointed out that more than 2.3 million EU citizens had signed petitions against TTIP, “yet the European Parliament has sided with the business community against us.”

    “MEPs have turned their back on the peoples of Europe, giving the green light to TTIP and its new privileged court system for US firms to use against us.

    “This is nothing short of a betrayal, and we shall not forget it.”


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