CAMPAIGNERS fighting a rip-off international trade deal which hands huge powers to corporations have been making a last-ditch effort to block the deal in the European Parliament today.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been negotiated mainly in secret by the European Union and the United States.
If approved, the pact could force the privatisation of public services across the EU and enable international corporations to sue governments that enact legislation affecting their profits in areas such as health and safety, environmental protection and minimum wages.
Global Justice Now campaign’s Nick Dearden said: “Following on from the Greek referendum, this is the second episode of ‘democracy versus the markets’ to be played out in the EU this week.
“We call on MEPs from all parties to clearly vote in line with the nearly two and a half million people who have signed a petition calling for TTIP to be scrapped.”
MEPs were due to vote on the deal on June 9, but the debate was postponed due to “political divisions.”