Despite being without national trade policy for four decades, we can predict a lot about the UK’s future trade deals outside of the EU from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - and what we know gives great cause for concern.
Africa's wealth in natural resources is being seized by foreign, private interests whose operations are leaving a devastating trail of social, environmental and human rights abuses in their wake. In Western Sahara, the indigenous Saharawi people have consistently protested against the exploration activities of oil companies. By doing deals with the Moroccan government, British companies are complicit in the illegal and violent occupation of Western Sahara.
In recent years we have witnessed a new ‘scramble for Africa’ as governments and companies seek to control the continents valuable resources and cash-in at the expense of people and the planet. While the scale and scope of the UK’s involvement in the exploitation of Africa’s mineral resources is staggering, so too is the environmental and social damage left in its wake.