In Parliament I warned the Prime Minister that our local environment is at risk from the US-EU trade deal, TTIP.

I said: "Britain is taking great leadership in environmental policy in Europe and beyond. Will the Prime Minister use the Paris conference to press the EU to ensure that imperatives on climate change from that conference are fully integrated into the US-EU free trade agreement, so that companies do not fine Governments when they pass legislation to meet stronger emissions targets?"

The Prime Minister replied saying that is was “an important point” that would need to be “properly dealt with”. The PM also affirmed the importance of implementing the agreements made at the Paris conference in the UK and EU.

As it stands our environmental standards are at risk. In Swansea it is important that our beaches and rivers are kept safe from fracking companies and others who will use the provisions of TTIP as it puts profits before public and environmental interests, I am glad I put this issue squarely on the Prime Minister’s radar.

 

Over 500 people contacted me concerned that TTIP will put too much power in the hands of companies, I am committed to ensuring that my constituents are properly respected and the agreement is changed.

Last year I led a Parliamentary debate in which dozens of MPs contributed, calling for greater scrutiny of TTIP. It is important that the Prime Minister is properly engaged with this important agreement that could undermine our environment. The needs of our environment must be genetically edited into the EU-US free trade agreement, so that greater trade occurs alongside our environmental surroundings.

Investment rules governing multinationals simply cannot trump agreements about our environment made at the Paris climate change conference. I will continue to press the government on the US-EU trade deal.


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