Local Swansea residents from campaign group 38degrees petitioned Geraint Davies MP for Swansea West on Friday 09th October over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the free trade deal between Europe and the USA. Geraint Davies has been working hard both in the House of Commons and across Europe calling for more scrutiny of TTIP and the Canadian version (CETA).
Members of 38degrees meet with Geraint Davies to present him with a petition signed by 590 people in Swansea West, with a total of 502,259 people who have signed in the UK and 3,279,498 from across Europe.
Geraint Davies said “It was great to meet with 38degrees members from Swansea who handed me this important petition, The Canada & EU free trade agreement CETA to be ratified in 2016 will bind further governments as it will be in force for 20 years contains powers for companies to sue governments in secret tribunals. It is vital that more people are talking about these trade deals and I welcome the involvement of 38degrees in the campaign.
“CETA would also mean thirteen protected Welsh products like Welsh Beef and Anglesey Sea Salt can be reproduced in Canada as the UK Government has chosen not to protect any of its Geographical Indicators (GIs) whilst those other countries have chosen to protect these, for example Brie & Champagne both remain protected.
“CETA and TTIP also pose a significant danger for our climate and environment. CETA will provide a major opportunity for foreign energy and mining companies from Canada to step up fracking and other environmentally damaging activities in the UK and the EU. Energy and mining are omitted from the agreement’s sustainable development and trade chapter.
“My campaign for more scrutiny for TTIP & CETA continues and I will be hosting a cross party meeting in Parliament titled TTIP - Giving Up Our Democracy next week. The meeting will discuss the TTIP agreement between the EU and the US that could adversely affect our public services, our food quality, our privacy and our democracy.
“As well as this event, I will be hosting the launch of a book on TTIP in Parliament. The book entitled TTIP - The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is written by Gabriel Siles-Brugge, a politics lecturer at the University of Manchester and Ferdi De Ville an Associate Professor at the Centre for EU Studies at Ghent University.”
The Swansea West MP also presented a Bill in Parliament in September to ensure parliamentary scrutiny of international trade agreements that will bind future governments for twenty years with powers for companies to sue governments in secret tribunals. The agreements also mean currently protected products like Welsh Lamb, Carmarthen Ham and Welsh Laverbread will be able to be produced in Canada and U.S. in future.