[UPDATED 26/1/14: Jason McCartney response 26.1.15]
On Saturday 17th January, we joined with Huddersfield Friends of the Earth and the Green Party to meet Jason McCartney so that we could outline our concerns about TTIP.
Our ask was for Jason McCartney to support the European Citizens’ Initiative to stop TTIP. We have asked him:
‘Will you support the European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA calling on “the institutions of the European Union and its member states to stop the negotiations with the USA on TTIP and not to ratify CETA with Canada” and supporting “an alternative trade and investment policy in the US”?’ Further information here https://stop-ttip.org/
Our meeting with Jason McCartney was constructive and he was interested in what we had to say. We expressed our concerns in a short TTIP presentation and then asked him a number of TTIP lobby questions (this link sets out the questions we asked and those that we didn’t have time for). A Green Party constituent asked some additional questions. Jason McCartney has agreed to respond in writing by 30th January.
The next stage in our campaigning will be at the MEP level. MEPs will vote on TTIP in May. We are in discussions with other groups in our region about forming a ‘Stop TTIP Yorkshire and Humber’ network. We’ll provide more information about this soon.
We would encourage constituents to meet with their MPs as well as their MEPs. We know that MEPs will be voting on TTIP. But we also know that the UK government is actively championing TTIP, with David Cameron promising at the G20 Summit in November to fire “rocket boosters” under the trade deal.
The lobby with Jason McCartney was timely. It came at the end of a week in which the EU announced the results of its consultation on TTIP (97% of 150, 000 respondents objected) and, in response suspended the ISDS provisions (Investor State Dispute Settlement) from negotiations until the summer.
Just two days before the lobby, TTIP had been debated in the UK parliament.
Further reading (see also notes on TTIP presentation)
Analysis of TTIP by Nick Dearden (Head of Global Justice – formerly World Development Movement)
You can read about our ‘Keep Them in the Ground’ campaign and the role of Stop TTIP campaigning in it on https://kirkleescampaignagainstclimatechange.wordpress.com/campaigns/