- - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama is visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron this week, and wil no doubt be discussing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The existence of TTIP is deeply worrying and immoral. The plan has the ability to reduce regulatory barriers for businesses to observe food safety laws, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. It has been described by transnational corporations as an assault on European and U.S. society alike. The TTIP process is secretive and undemocratic. Thousands of British and U.S. citizens are deeply disturbed by it. Mr. Obama should not sign any agreement with Mr. Cameron or the European Union on this entirely flawed process. If he does, the British health service will be put at risk, financial institutions will be able to operate under the radar, the environment will suffer and food standards will be in jeopardy. We cannot allow this to happen, and I urge Mr. Obama not to sign.

TREVOR JONES

Gloucestershire, England


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