Divided MEPs pass controversial TTIP resolution

8 July 2015 - 12:45pm
Press release

Strasbourg 8 July

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) today voted to pass a resolution on the secretly negotiated EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The vote, which passed by 436 to 241, highlighted serious splits in the European Parliament (EP) on the issue, especially among the Socialist and Democrat (S&D) bloc which includes Labour MEPs.

There was uproar from some MEPs in today's vote, including among members of EP president Martin Schulz's own S&D bloc, at what they perceived to be manipulation of voting procedures to ensure no anti-'ISDS' (investor-state dispute settlement) amendment would be voted on.

The vote took place at the second time of asking: it was originally scheduled to take place in June, but was controversially postponed at the last minute at the request of Schulz, due to fears that the vote would be lost.

War on Want Executive Director John Hilary said: “More than 2.3 million people across Europe are  calling for an end to TTIP negotiations in the biggest trade campaign we've seen to date. Yet MEPs have chosen to ignore the wishes of their own constituents, siding instead with the business lobby against the people of Europe.

“TTIP offers a nightmare vision of a world sold into corporate slavery. If our elected representatives betray us by backing this vision, we will have no choice but to escalate the campaign.”

Ahead of the vote, there was political wrangling and deal-making over one of the most controversial elements of the deal, the corporate court system of ISDS which allows business to sue states for policies threatening future profits.

A debate held on Tuesday highlighted the divergences in the EP, with one MEP commenting that the choice in the vote was between the wishes of European people or vested corporate interests.

More than 2.3 million people have signed a European Citizens' Initiative calling for an immediate end to TTIP negotiations.

 

Notes to Editors

 

- For further information and interviews, contact John Hilary on +44 7983 550727 or Mark Dearn on +44 7804 289680.

 

- Over 2.3 million people from across Europe have signed the European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA, including more than 350,000 from the UK; see here. [http://waronwant.org/say-no-ttip]

 

- The European Commission’s consultation on TTIP was completed in July 2014. 97% of respondents rejected ISDS. To see the results, visit here. [http://trade.ec.europa.eu/consultations/index.cfm?consul_id=179]

 

- For an explanation and analysis of the splits within the European Parliament, see this article by John Hilary [http://www.waronwant.org/media/ttip-week-victories]

Latest news

Morning Star: IMF & World Bank admit to inequality crisis but continue to create it

23 October 2017 - 10:45am

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been forced to admit to the crisis of soaring inequality. But it is the policies they have spent 40 years forcing on the world's poor that led us here. This charm offensive is unlikely to signal a significant shift in thier approach but it may be an indication that cracks in the system run deeper than they appear. 

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, War on Want 

Read more

Migrant and Precarious Workers are Winning Britain a Pay Rise!

17 October 2017 - 3:00pm

Migrant and precarious workers are winning Britain a pay rise. Migrant and precarious workers are leading the fights to get organised. They are tackling precarious work, outsourcing and privatisation, the real drivers of low pay and insecurity at work.  Despite facing stigmatisation by a media that too often blames them for low pay and insecurity at work, they are standing up for themselves and winning. Their struggles tell an important story about how Britain can win a pay rise: by standing with migrant workers and ending precarious contracts.

Read more

Join the conversation

Middle what? East of where? We use North Africa and West Asia – terms rooted in geography. Read more on our partner… https://t.co/Rv7kzYCrUY 3 hours 56 min ago
Our partner, #land defender Angelica Oritz from #Colombia on impacts of mega mining projects @MujeresWayuuhttps://t.co/3Y2yZDjG7H 6 hours 11 min ago
@MElmaazi @MariennaPW Yes sorry we replaced the original tweet with a working link you can now find on our feed! 10 hours 50 min ago