No TTIP motion before Rother District Council

The following motion is being proposed by Councillor Sam Scouster at Rother District Council on TTIP:

“The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – in secret – between the European Union and the United States of America. The main goal of TTIP is to remove the regulatory “barriers” which restrict the potential profits to be made by transnational corporations. However, these “barriers” are in reality some of our most prized social standards and environmental regulations, such as labour rights, food safety rules, regulations on the use of toxic chemicals, digital privacy laws and banking safeguards. The TTIP would also restrict the ability for an incoming Government to bring back into public ownership, services such as those already outsourced and privatised by the NHS and other public services.

The TTIP endangers the democratic process of our country. We call on the Rother District Council to condemn any move to implement the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and that the the council must declare its opposition to the TTIP as a matter of urgency.”