It’s not often the Greens and UKIP are in agreement – but TTIP has brought them together. That’s because the president of the European Parliament cancelled the TTIP vote due today. According to the BBC
the stumbling block was food safety.
TTIP has the potential to damage state provision of education
(and other public services) in the UK as I’ve written before. But the TTIP debate will not take place as scheduled. This has the whiff of political chicanery.
Green MEP Keith Taylor
said: “The decision to cancel the vote on TTIP stinks of political parties in the European Parliament running scared of the huge public opposition to TTIP. The deal represents a monumental power grab by corporations and it must be stopped in its tracks.”
UKIP MEP Nigel Farage
tweeted ‘17 years as an MEP and never seen such public disquiet re: an EU issue. The result? Debate & vote on TTIP suspended. They've got the wind up.’
, prospective Labour leader, has distanced himself from Labour support for TTIP and joined UKIP in criticising the deal. But, according to Breitbart London
, Labour and Conservative MEPs supported postponing the debate due today thereby denying a full discussion of the issue.
38Degrees urges people concerned about TTIP to contact their MEPs