Spectre of ‘secret’ courts

It’s a basic principle of democracy that governments should be able to make decisions in the interests of the people who elected them.

However, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the US and EU puts this principle under serious threat.

This trade deal aims to set up a secretive “court” in which multinational companies can sue governments if they think a law might harm their profits. For example, a tobacco company is currently using a similar “court” to sue the Australian government for billions of pounds because Australia introduced plain packaging for cigarettes. It’s also suing Uruguay for simply putting a health warning on cigarette packets there.

I want the UK government to be able to make laws to protect the people of this country, which is why I’ve joined the World Development Movement’s campaign to stop the deal.

John Elliot

Briery Place