Well, it’s feared that TTIP could be bringing back ACTA’s central elements, proving that if the democratic approach doesn’t work, there’s always the back door.An easing of data privacy laws and a restriction of public access to pharmaceutical companies’ clinical trials are also thought to be on the cards.In effect it means unelected transnational corporations can dictate the policies of democratically elected governments. Like you, I have no say whatsoever in whether TTIP goes through or not.ISDSs are already in place in other bi-lateral trade agreements around the world and have led to such injustices as in Germany where Swedish energy company Vattenfall is suing the German government for billions of dollars over its decision to phase out nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. All I can do is tell as many people about it as possible, as I hope, will you.One of the main aims of TTIP is to open up Europe’s public health, education and water services to US companies.This could essentially mean the privatisation of the NHS.The same goes for the environment, where the EU’s REACH regulations are far tougher on potentially toxic substances.In Europe a company has to prove a substance is safe before it can be used; in the US the opposite is true: any substance can be used until it is proven unsafe.
However, according to the Huffington Post, the UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston has admitted that talks about the NHS were still on the table.But worryingly, the covert nature of the talks may well be the least of our problems.Here are six other reasons why we should be scared of TTIP, very scared indeed: 1 The NHS Public services, especially the NHS, are in the firing line.Examples from other similar bi-lateral trade agreements around the world support the case for job losses.The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada and Mexico caused the loss of one million US jobs over 12 years, instead of the hundreds of thousands of extra that were promised.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US.