UPDATE, July 11th: We've just heard about a leak that would curb energy savings measures -- the same ones that have seen smaller energy bills for us, and a huge switch to clean energy sources. EU climate policy has been great for our wallets and our environment so far.
But TTIP negotiators are sitting down today, and they're hoping to hammer out the trade deal this week. If the talks succeed, TTIP's slated to put an end to those savings, affecting every one of us -- especially because there is still no plan forward for the Brexit negotiations.
We've been great at delaying this deal so far, now we need to keep up the pressure to stop TTIP once and for all.
Europe and North America are currently negotiating a trade deal that could turn out to be the biggest corporate power grab in history -- TTIP. If passed, the trade pact will jeopardise vital environmental and health regulations and threaten working standards in Europe, allowing corporations to sue governments behind closed doors.
The big losers of the deals: ordinary people, like you and me.
Together with a one-of-a-kind European-wide movement, SumOfUs has helped spread the word about just how toxic TTIP is. With success: Polls show that people’s support for TTIP is rapidly declining.
But the deal isn’t dead yet: The next round of negotiations is planned for July. If we want to stop TTIP once and for all, we need to keep up the pressure!
The EU-US trade agreement will give corporations a whole toolbox to bully governments with if they dare to make people-friendly and environment-friendly laws. Our governments, the European Commission, and European Parliament can stop the deal, but they're already heavily invested in it, and Brussels is flooded with corporate lobbyists.
Money gives corporations a voice. But, if we come together our voices can be incredibly powerful too. Faced with an ever-growing opposition against the deal, the European Commission is struggling to sell TTIP to the public. If we keep on raising our voices, our European leaders won't be able to ignore them.
The Guardian. 11 July 2016.