CETA trade deal approved but 'future far from certain'

15 February 2017 - 11:00am
Press release

The EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, was passed in the European parliament today: 408-254.

Mark Dearn, Senior Trade Campaigner at War on Want, said:

"CETA has been passed by the European Parliament today  but its future remains far from certain due to legal hurdles it still faces and entrenched opposition in countries which are yet to vote on the deal.

"As a key EU committee has ruled, CETA will worsen inequality and increase social tensions across the continent. Its secret negotiation process was used to bring tar sands oil into Europe for the first time, and it sets a new precedent for locking in the privatisation of public services like the NHS. Worse still, CETA's 'corporate court' process destroys equality before the law and will give big business new powers to sue our government."

"The role of the UK government on CETA has been nothing short of appalling. It bypassed parliamentary scrutiny to sign us up to CETA and has presented, at best, questionable claims on CETA's impacts on the UK which no one has ever seen. This leaves us with much to worry about in any future trade deals the government negotiates, in particular with Donald Trump's USA."

Notes to editors

For more information and interviews contact Ross Hemingway  +44 7983 550 728


Latest news

Event: "Curfew" Contemporary dance by El-Funoun & Hawiyya

16 March 2018 - 5:30pm

War on Want is happy to be supporting “Curfew”, a contemporary dance production performed by El-Funoun (Palestine) and Hawiyya Dance Company (UK), presented by Arts Canteen. "Curfew" is a thought-provoking contemporary dance production that encourages individuals to self-reflect and take action in front of injustice.

Read more

Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow

13 March 2018 - 12:45pm

Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow, saying corporate takeover doesn’t dissolve responsibility of mining company linked to South African president. 

Civil rights activist, bishop and lawyer representing workers at Marikana, South Africa, are in London this week to hold platinum mining company Lonmin to account over 2012 Massacre.

Read more

Join the conversation

Across the UK, people are holding pickets outside local #HSBC branches over the firm’s business with companies sell… https://t.co/q3ykb5EU4h 31 min 10 sec ago
"It is important that the spotlight drawn by the voices of high-profile women also penetrates deeper, to the plight… https://t.co/HLVJSSRMNs 57 min 15 sec ago
Join @GaiaFoundation @Londonmining + visitors from Colombia for a celebration of Water, Land and Life to mark one y… https://t.co/LdtM3NoxLL 1 hour 21 min ago