“We want to see a strong Welsh economy exporting quality Welsh products around the world. “However the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, as it currently stands, is nothing but a charter for international corporations to make more money. The plans are for a free trade zone between the European Union and the United States based on cutting costs, achieved through lowering quality standards and rolling back workers’ employment rights.”
“This could mean that if a future Welsh Government improved workers’ rights by securing a living wage or ending zero hours contracts, then they could be liable to be sued – or if we enacted strong environmental legislation to combat climate change. We have already seen the free-trade agreement in North America, Nafta, lead to legal threats to Canada because of a moratorium on fracking in Quebec.“It is clearly unacceptable that democratic governments could be in the position of being taken to court by multinational companies just because those governments act in the best interests of their people, rather than corporate profits.”She added: “Other parts of TTIP that cause me concern include calls from American senators for an end to European specialist product definitions that act a mark of quality, which in Wales include Welsh beef and lamb, as well as Pembrokeshire Earlys potatoes and Halen Mon . By discussing these issues in secret, negotiators from both sides are doing deals behind closed doors that do not have public support
“Wales has a proud place on the international trading stage as part of a strong United Kingdom and European Union. The EU trade deal with America is a brilliant opportunity to boost exports and build a stronger economy, especially with a country with which we have no language barrier.“This deal could bring over £10bn a year to the UK economy and create new jobs. Lib Dem MEPs have used the fact that negotiations are still ongoing to make sure that any environmental, health and safety standards aren’t compromised by the trade deal.“If Plaid Cymru think that a protectionist economic strategy that isolates us from the rest of the world is the way forward, then their policies are nothing more than fantasy.”Well ther's just one Liberal Democrat in the EU now down 11 whilst Jil Evans is joined with two SNP and three Greens .
But its not a question of Numbers what even enthusiasts like Eluned Parrot should be asking is . Is this a Free Trade agreement or Free multinational capitalism who will use any treaty to strengthen their grip om democratic governments and use it to enforce their interests and also continue to make sure they continue to avoid paying taxes.
We need an open and transparent approach to this and we are clearly not getting it.