Action against trade deal

Notebook Angus town centres'Arbroath High Street'Pic Neil Hanna
Notebook Angus town centres'Arbroath High Street'Pic Neil Hanna

Campaigners against the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) will take to the streets tomorrow (Saturday) to show their opposition to the proposed deal.

Following their protest in Montrose concerned Angus citizens will again take to the streets for a Global Action Day against the deal being negotiated in Brussels.

There will be a street stall and open air open public meeting from 12 noon at Arbroath High Street pedestrian precinct. The global protest is initiated by the Radical Independence party in conjunction with simultaneous protests happening across the world. A spokesperson said: “Campaigners say the deal poses a fundamental threat to our NHS, our public services, our health and safety protections and, through decisions made in secret international courts, to our democracy itself.”

Conservative candidate for Angus, Derek Wann said: “Underlying the agreement is the opportunity to add £10 billion to our economy every year, which is almost £400 per household, which means more jobs, more choice and reduced prices.

“TTIP will not change the fact that it is up to UK governments alone to decide how public services, including the NHS are run and I assure you there is nothing in the agreement that has the power to change UK laws or lower consumer, labour or environmental standards. Our high standards are not up for negotiation. If the Government can recognise mutually high standards with the US it will do so. But where it cannot, US businesses will have to raise their standards to meet ours, not the other way around.

“I am aware people fear that investors could sue the government for losses and win if the government takes a decision in the wider public interest. The Government has made clear this could never happen. The purpose of investor protection is to protect businesses investing abroad against discrimination and unfair treatment, not to allow companies to undermine public policymaking.