‘Corporate power grab:’ Govt’s refusal to release TTIP documents sparks outrage

The government’s refusal to publish sensitive information that could reveal the negative impact TTIP might have on Britain’s health service has been condemned by campaigners, who warn the EU-US trade deal is undemocratic.

While proponents of TTIP say the trade agreement will modernize trade tariffs and reduce regulatory constraints on exporters, critics say it amounts to a corporate power grab.

‘Shrouded in secrecy’

Amid secretive negotiations in Brussels, campaigners have called upon the government to come clean about TTIP’s implications for Britain’s public health service.

Transparency campaigners submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the government earlier this month, requesting detail on how private health firms can sue the government if their profits are undercut by Whitehall’s policy changes.

However, business secretary Sajid Javid refused to release the information on the grounds its disclosure could prevent civil servants from seeking adequate advice from lawyers.

The director of Global Justice Now, Nick Dearden, condemned Javid’s decision, but said it was unsurprising.

“Sadly it’s not surprising that the government is choosing to block access to TTIP documents when the whole process has been shrouded in such secrecy,” he said.

“Politicians are constantly telling the public that there is nothing to be concerned about, but then go to great lengths to prevent any sort of public scrutiny as to the nature of the negotiations.”

Via RT.