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    1.   WHAT IT IS

TTIP is the largest trade deal ever to be done on the history of the planet, between the world’s two largest economies and is the biggest change to happen to the UK since the formation of the EU

    2.   HOW IT IS BEING DONE

Large corporations are meeting with European bureaucrats behind closed doors, agreeing on each piece of a treaty separately.  No one has access to the entire document.  We only know this is occurring thanks to Wikileaks

    3.   WHAT POWER IT WILL GIVE AND TAKE AWAY

In it’s current form the treaty will give corporations the power to sue national governments – like our lot – if they get in the way of making profit

    4.   THEY’RE COMING FOR YOUR PAID HOLIDAY!

This means workers’ rights that we have in the UK, like paid holiday, and collective bargaining, could be got rid of as they don’t have them in the US

    5.   AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT ISN’T NAILED DOWN

Internet freedom, national parks, price controls, food and water regulation, mining and fracking rights, drug production, childcare, the NHS, and pretty much everything else is now on the table

    6.   THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING

The Australian, Uruguayan, Canadian, El Salvadorean and many other governments have been sued using similar treaties, to fight everything like rights to clean drinking water, to banning fracking, to packaging cigarettes

    7.   BUT IT IS NOWHERE NEAR DONE FOR THIS TREATY

The treaty is nowhere near finished.  It can be scrapped or changed with massive public support – check our longer article for more details

Read What You Need To Know About TTIP here

Thomas Barlow

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