Green MEP says “huge public opposition” has had effect as TTIP vote cancelled

PUBLISHED: 17:12 09 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:12 09 June 2015

Green MEP for the south east Keith Taylor

Green MEP for the south east Keith Taylor


European Parliament was due to vote on the issue tomorrow

A parliamentary vote tomorrow on one of the biggest free trade agreements in history has been cancelled.

The European Parliament was due to vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – a controversial free trade agreement between the US and the EU.

Supporters of TTIP say it will boost economic growth, prosperity, wages and jobs. Opponents say it will make big business even more powerful at the expense of public services, the environment and ordinary people. More than two million EU citizens have signed a petition against the deal.

And with more than 200 amendments tabled, the Parliament says the issue needs further examination.

Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for Kent and London, said the parliament was alarmed by the “huge public opposition” to TTIP.

“TTIP represents a monumental power grab by corporations and it must be stopped,” he said.

“It seeks to remove standards and protections enshrined in laws across the EU and the US, including labour rights that protect people at work, environmental regulations and food safety laws.

“Many MEPs have warned that one clause would allow corporations to sue governments in secret courts if a government passed laws which limited a corporation’s profits or activity.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Police are investigating after a woman and a two-year-old girl were hit by a car which broke free while being towed in Bexleyheath yesterday.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Controversial plans to open an African restaurant for 18 hours a day next to retirement homes have been refused by councillors.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Welling church was delighted to present representatives from the emergency services with cheques totalling an amazing £6,054 after its annual teddy bear charity appeal.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Following the incredible sell-out stage success of Not Dead Enough, The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the number one best-selling author Peter James is back with a spine-tingling new world premiere play, The House On Cold Hill, coming to the Orchard Theatre in January.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A police officer based in Bexley has been served a final warning after he allegedly placed a man in a choke hold during a fight.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bexley’s NHS services will receive more than £900,000 of extra funding this winter to help alleviate growing pressures on our hospitals, the Department for Health announced yesterday (Wednesday, October 17).

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24