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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

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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.”

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