Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy today spoke in the European Parliament debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade negotions between the EU commission and the US government. Mr. Carthy warned of negative consequences for agriculture and hit out at those that gave up the Irish veto which could have protected the interests of Family Farmers.
Mr. Carthy said:
"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has the potential to devastate our environment and the rights of workers, producers and consumers.
"One of my primary concerns is for the future of Agriculture in countries like Ireland. It is clear at this stage that the unique standards and production systems that apply on Irish family farms, for example, are to be compromised in negotiations. Irish farmers are rightly demanding that their livelihoods and their communities are protected.
"One of the reasons Sinn Féin rejected the Lisbon treaty was because of the loss of Ireland's veto on such matters.
"So there is a responsibility, on the Irish government and on MEPs in this chamber who campaigned in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland on the promise that it would create jobs, to stand with Sinn Féin and progressive voices across the European Union in opposition to TTIP.
"And, the European Commission must hear this message today. We will not let you sell out Irish and European farmers for the sake of what is a bad trade deal for everyone else".