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Progressive forces should unite to oppose CETA - Anderson

21 September, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said progressive parties in the European Parliament should unite to oppose the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. 

Speaking from a major international conference in Bratislava, Ms Anderson said; 

"Communities right across Europe mobilised against the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US because it sought to usurp democracy and give multinationals power over the laws of member states. 

"Thanks to people power it is effectively dead in the water but now attempts are being made to rush through a similar piece of legislation, CETA, with Canada. 

"This would allow the creation of special courts to rule on multinational companies, which is unnecessary as the laws of individual member states are enough and should be paramount. 

"We are not opposed to international trades but we are against the rule of multinationals. 

"The laws of individual member states should be respected, just as the vote of the people in the North to remain in the EU should be respected. 

"I'm calling on progressive forces across Europe to oppose this legislation and not allow it to be rushed through to suit the needs of multinational companies over democracy."

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