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TTIP vote last chance for MEPs to give effect to the wishes of the people – Matt Carthy MEP

6 July, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that Wednesday’s European Parliament vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) provides an opportunity for MEPs to support the wishes of the people of Europe rather than defending the interests of corporate lobbyists.

Carthy said:

“The vote by the Greek people yesterday and the growing support of progressive parties across Europe shows the growing disillusionment of the people with the direction of the European Union.

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that European leaders and institutions are more concerned with giving effect to the wishes of the corporate elite to the detriment of the core values on which the European Union is founded.

“Those same leaders who underestimated the strength of opposition of the Greek people to further austerity measures have, in my view, also underestimated the strength of the opposition across Europe to the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“This Wednesday, MEPs will be given the opportunity to send a strong signal to the commission to address the concerns of people right across Europe who have campaigned in their hundreds of thousands to highlight the impact of TTIP on their communities.

“MEPs will be given an opportunity to make a clear stand in favour of democracy and the rule of law, cherished principles that cannot be sold off to the highest bidder.

“TTIP presents a threat to the environment, public services, workers' rights, agriculture and democracy. It is not a good deal for Ireland nor is it a good deal for the people of Europe.

“I am calling on fellow MEPs to reject the Report coming before Parliament and send a clear message to trade negotiators that we will not accept any deal which is not in the best interests of our people.”

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