Saturday, 30 January 2016

Why do some of the Left support a Brexit?

I am not a great fan of the European Union but i don't understand while some Left leaning people are  right wing Euro sceptics are arguing for a Brexit 

 
Maybe they will cite the multi-billion pound US-EU trade treaty being negotiated behind closed doors could have a “devastating” impact on Wales’ small businesses, Plaid Cymru has claimed.

A “day of action” is planned today against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


The party’s Aberconwy Assembly candidate, Trystan Lewis, wants the UK Government to abandon its support for the deal. He also called on the Welsh Government to demand a veto for Wales.

He said: 

TTIP not only threatens our vital public services with privatisation, but could also prove devastating to small businesses. It is widely acknowledged that this trade deal is one which has been drawn up by big business, for big business.
“Any benefits will go to the largest EU and US corporations, leaving SMEs at a competitive disadvantage. This could prove devastating for us in Wales where 99% of our business sector is made up of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.”
Cardiff West Plaid candidate Neil McEvoy said:

 “The massive public pressure which has been seen throughout Europe so far has been very effective in putting pressure on European governments and political parties, and has helped to raise awareness with millions of people in countries all over Europe. Together we can make a difference, and help protect our public services.”
Aberconwy Conservative MP Guto Bebb, a leading advocate for TTIP, said:

 “I find it truly shocking that Plaid are against the treaty that will benefit small businesses more than it will benefit large businesses. The biggest barrier with trade to the US is not tariffs, it is regulations.
“Large businesses can deal with regulations but small businesses cannot. So if we rectify the regulatory burden that exists then it makes it easier for small businesses from Wales to sell to the US.”
Giving an example, he said:

 “A brewery needs to sell beer in metric measures in the European market but fluid ounces in the US... Large businesses can have two different production runs; small businesses cannot.”
But do we need a secret agreement between the US and EU to resolve this issue it looks like simple negotiations to me.
 

He continued:

 “In view of the fact that we are in my constituency one of the finest producers of Welsh lamb, I find it absolutely incredulous that Plaid Cymru are opposing opening up the US market to the best lamb in the world. We have Meat Promotion Wales going on trade visits to the US, we have the Port of Philadelphia saying that once we have TTIP in place Welsh lamb will welcomed with open arms and Plaid Cymru – the so-called Party of Wales – are against that opportunity for Welsh farmers.”
Welsh lamb will be "Welcomed with open arms". Of course it will and so will Mr Bebb's flying pigs.
 
 Mr Bebb claimed Plaid’s opposition to TTIP was evidence of its “takeover of Plaid by a left-wing, Corbynista-type leadership”.

 So two argument that claim TTIP  wil be good or bad for small business

Since the  negotiations are in secret we are stil in the Dark but one of the fears is that Public services, especially the NHS, are in the firing line. One of the main aims of TTIP is to open up Europe’s public health, education and water services to US companies. This could essentially mean the privatisation of the NHS.

The European Commission has claimed that public services will be kept out of TTIP. However, according to the Huffington Post, the UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston has admitted that talks about the NHS were still on the table.tions  like the NHS  could be sued by US companies 


The EU has admitted that TTIP will probably cause unemployment as jobs switch to the US, where labour standards and trade union rights are lower. It has even advised EU members to draw on European support funds to compensate for the expected unemployment.



So this may well loks like an argument for the left to support a Brexit .

But  leaving the EU will leave the UK at the  mercy of successive Tory governments hellbent on removing the Trade Union and social policy that we in part owe to be members of the EU.

The UK under the Tories and/or BlueLabour (when they sadly ditch Corbyn) will turn to the US as a trading partner and accept a deal that is even more detrimental to us than TTIP.

We must stop TTIP but those on the Left must seek to reform the EU as hard as that may be.

Leave and we will be in the hands of Right wing Unionists who will destroy the NHS and for all their talk of "UK Independence " make us a client state of the USA who will impose their brand of capitalism on us which would be even worse than TTIP.


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