MANCHESTER councillors refused yesterday to declare the city a TTIP and Ceta-free zone, snubbing a call from local residents.
Campaigners had asked council to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States, and the Comprehensive and Economic Trade deal with Canada.
The anti-democratic deals will give corporations more power than governments, notably the right to sue for loss of profits caused by legislation such as minimum wage laws and health and safety regulations.
Campaigners wanted councillors to declare themselves opposed in principle to the agreements, which are being pushed through without the approval of Parliament.
Laura Williams of Global Justice Now said: “The campaign to stop these trade deals is far from over in Manchester. We know that we must stop these trade deals.”