Trade

Brexit, TTIP and the future of UK trade policy

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has raised many questions for trade justice campaigners. Suzanne Ismail explains how. Over the last few years, many Earth and Economy readers have been campaigning against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a major trade deal being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the […]

TTIP and sustainable development – an update

  In May 2016 Quakers in Britain, together with the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) wrote to European Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström and (then) UK Prime Minister David Cameron about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP). Our letters explained that many Quakers, in both Europe and the US had deep concerns about the proposed […]

Brexit, TTIP & the future of UK trade policy

If you are one of the many Friends who has been campaigning against the Transatlantic Trade & Investment partnership (TTIP) – a major trade deal being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and United States, you may well be wondering what happens next following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Quaker Peace & Social […]

EU referendum

We now have the date of the referendum and the Prime Minister’s recommendation to vote ‘in’. I would like to know where matters stand on TTIP and how far Friends should still regard it as a threat to Quaker values. I am disappointed that Meeting for Sufferings, which is so exercised about TTIP, has left […]

TTIP v. Brexit

Should Quakernomics be engaging with the EU Referendum and possible Brexit? Today’s latest from QPSW suggests that TTIP will undermine the Paris Climate Change Agreement, because it will tend to favour large, fossil-fuel companies and help them create obstacles to a sustainably low-carbon society. These criticisms are alarming but speculative and beyond the influence of […]

Lancaster Friends Living Wage activity

  Written by Ann Morgan and Mo Kelly We want to share with you some of the stories we have heard whilst standing in the town celebrating companies that do pay the Living Wage and identifying some of those that do not. We were joined by members of the Green Party, The Priory, CND and others […]

Are the Transatlantic Trade agreements a threat to democracy under the rule of law? And, how late-Saxon history convinces me that they are?

Entry by Neil McDougall (runs to 40 pages in five sections)                16th December 2014  The EU/Canada trade agreement (CETA) and the EU/US trade agreement (TTIP) are currently under negotiation. Both agreements are being prepared to include the controversial     Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) arbitration systems. Nominated corporate lawyers may under those systems, would be empowered […]

Chancellor’s autumn statement

The New Economics Foundation identifies Five things you need to know about the Autumn Statement James Meadway writes (here http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/five-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-autumn-statement) that the deficit has grown because average real wages have fallen and are likely to continue falling to 2017 (..at least???) 1.”George Osborne has spectacularly missed his original deficit target. The June 2010 forecast for […]

TTIP, EU-US Trade Deal: Take Back the Power

FREE PUBLIC EVENT When: Thursday 11th December, 2014, 7.30pm Where:  Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LS, near Aldgate East Underground Station. Register: here The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a giant trade deal between the EU and US, is currently being negotiated behind closed doors.It could affect every aspect of daily life, […]

Bilateral Investment Treaties

Ruth Bergan from the Trade Justice Movement explains more about Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT’s) Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) are supposed to increase international investment, thereby creating jobs and growth. The Trade Justice Movement is working on this and they argue that BITs give companies gold-plated protections, including the right to sue governments, with no equivalent […]

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