This TRANSATLANTIC TRADE DEAL is a full-frontal assault on democracy

indexBrussels has kept quiet about a treaty that would let rapacious companies subvert our laws, rights and national sovereignty

Nov. 4, 2013

George Monbiot for The Guardian,

Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don’t either. There must have been one, mustn’t there? After all that agonising over whether or not we should stay in the European Union, the government wouldn’t cede our sovereignty to some shadowy, undemocratic body without consulting us. Would it?

The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections.Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing.

Wake up, people we’re being shafted!

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