21 June, 2016 - 10:54

Sarah Beattie-Smith

It’s a threat to public services, our environment, health and safety, consumer protection, workers’ rights and democracy. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) represents many of our worst fears about the European Union. Yet our best chance of defeating it is to vote Remain on Thursday. As part of a Europe-wide movement, we can end TTIP.

There are some who want us to leave the EU in order to escape TTIP and other trade deals like it. But our Government in Westminster is one of the loudest cheerleaders for TTIP. Leaving wouldn’t scrap the deal for the rest of the EU and it certainly wouldn’t change the minds of the Tories who champion “free trade” deals for the UK. Leaving would condemn us to fight deals like this on our own in future.

Instead of fighting alone, we could be part of a European movement against deals like this. Back in 2012, Greens and others across the EU campaigned together against an intellectual property rights deal which would have had hugely damaging consequences. Together, they won and ACTA was scrapped. 

Greens across this continent have shown that change is possible. Let us stand in solidarity with others across Europe and be part of a movement for change.

Only together can we scrap TTIP and change Europe for the better. Sign the petition here.

 

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