BBC – Transatlantic trade debate

http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/house-of-commons-30838066
16 January 2015 Last updated at 10:34 Help
MPs took part in a debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 15 January 2015.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-30829562

Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock is replying for the government.
“We are, as a nation, deeply committed to free and fair exchange,” he says.
He adds: “TTIP is about free and fair trade.”

TTIP is free and fair? Then why the secrecy?

Why are only a handful of MPs allowed into the reading room without recording equipment to see the documents.
Lord Livingston is amongst the few that has access to the documents. Lord Livingstone will be at the European Scrutiny committee meeting on 11th Feb 2015.

The UK has 90 International Trade deals involving Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilion)
Czech republic, Slovakia and Poland…are in trade agreements that include Investor Dispute mechanism and have been sued 170 times…

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