Protests due against trade deal


Published: Saturday 11th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Fresh protests are to be held against a controversial trade deal which campaigners claim will lead to more health services being privatised.

Rallies will be held today in cities including London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Leeds against the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Campaign group 38 Degrees commissioned a survey of 2,000 adults which showed that 54% do not trust the Government to negotiate a good deal.

Ministers insist there is no threat to the NHS from the agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the United States, which they believe will boost the economy, create jobs and cut red tape, especially for small businesses.

Campaign groups are urging MEPs to vote against the deal when it reaches the European Parliament.

David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees, said: “Ordinary people have had enough of corporations bulldozing through our public services.

“This deal is a threat to the NHS. It would give multi-national corporations the rights to carve up our health service, and sue the Government for loss of profits if they didn’t make enough money.

“This Saturday should be a wake up call to MEPs. It’s time they stood up for the people who voted them into power, not big business.”

World Development Movement campaigner Morten Thaysen said: “The TTIP deal would give big business an unprecedented degree of influence over government decisions on all aspects of life in the UK.”

A Business Department spokesman said: “TTIP cannot force the UK to privatise the NHS, and it will remain for the UK and devolved governments to decide how to run our public services. TTIP will benefit consumers and businesses alike in the UK.”

Published: Saturday 11th October 2014 by The News Editor

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