TTIP, refugees and a UK-Eurotunnel tribunal

2 February 2016 - 7:00am
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Lee Williams' article in the Indepedent: This secret UK-Eurotunnel tribunal reveals something disturbing about refugees and TTIP.

A War on Want Freedom of Information request  revealed that the UK was forced to pay €8 million to Eurotunnel for costs incurred preventing migrants entering the UK between 1999 and 2002. 

The Eurotunnel case was an example of the controversial Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) – secret tribunals where private companies can sue national governments for loss of profits. Other infamous examples of ISDS include Philip Morris, the tobacco giant, suing the Australian government for introducing plain cigarette packaging and Swedish energy company Vatenfall taking the German government to court for phasing out nuclear power.

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