Transparency needed in UK-US trade talks, says War On Want

By agency reporter
December 24, 2017

Responding to news that the British Government is demanding "total secrecy" in its free trade talks with the US for a post-Brexit deal, War on Want Senior Trade Campaigner Mark Dearn said, “Despite what he says, Liam Fox seems intent on repeating the mistakes of TTIP – a secretly negotiated deal in which our government sought to unpick regulations and lock the NHS into privatisation while showing disdain for any degree of public or parliamentary scrutiny.

“It is critical that parliament and the British public are not kept in the dark over a trade deal which could affect everything from climate change rules, to how we regulate the big banks, and whether or not we can renationalise our public services without being sued in secret courts for doing so.

“Trade deals affect every area of the lives of ordinary working people. Instead of Liam Fox being allowed to negotiate in secret with Trump’s trade team, there must be full transparency and accountability so that parliament and the British people know exactly what we might be trading away to the USA.”

* War On Want http://www.waronwant.org/

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