Liadh Ní Riada MEP joins calls for CETA rejection
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has added her voice to the growing calls for the CETA free trade agreement, between the EU and Canada, to be rejected.
Speaking from Dublin this morning, Liadh Ní Riada MEP said:
"I welcome the joint declaration from a broad and influential group of European civil society organisations, which calls on EU governments to reject the CETA agreement. The call comes as trade ministers from the 28 member states gather in Bratislava to discuss ratification.
"I have consistently voiced opposition to free trade agreements such as CETA, TTIP and Mercosur, and it is heartening to be joined by the European Trade Union Confederation, Friends of the Earth, the European Consumers Organisation, and the European Anti-Poverty Network.
"CETA will undermine labor and environmental protections. Regulations to protect workers and our environment will not be enforceable as before, and investors will be able to sue governments for adopting policies that they feel threatens their profits.
"There are no tangible benefits for consumers from this deal and CETA has the potential to weaken EU protections for consumers.
"CETA will be harmful for Europe, for Ireland and for working people, consumers and the environment. I encourage all those concerned by this proposed deal to contact their local representatives and demand the Irish Government reflect this deal."
Liadh Ní Riada MEP is a coordinator on the European Parliament Budget Committee and was attending the Oireachtas Symposium on European Union Affairs in the Mansion House when she made the comments.