Jeremy Corbyn pledges to veto TTIP if he becomes PM, calling it ‘irreversible’ privatization

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promises to veto the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the EU and US owing to concerns over “irreversible” privatization and “watered down consumer rights.”

Corbyn has joined French president François Hollande and a range of European politicians and campaigners in opposing TTIP in its current form.

The Labour leader promised to oppose the deal while in shadow government and to ax the deal if elected prime minister.

Thousands of people have written to me with concerns, deep concerns, about the TTIP, the deal being negotiated largely in secret between the US and EU officials. Many are concerned, quite rightly, that it could open public services to further privatization and make privatization effectively irreversible,” he said at a press conference.

Others are concerned about potential watering down of consumer rights, food safety standards, rights at work or environmental protections.

Corbyn pledged to reject TTIP and veto the controversial deal in government.

His announcement follows an explosive leak of TTIP documents which showed how climate protection, jobs, food safety and online privacy rights will be whittled away under the agreement.

Greenpeace Netherlands published the documents last month.

Executive Director of UK social justice campaign War on Want John Hilary said the leak shows TTIP “is even worse than we feared.”

Today’s leak shows the European Commission preparing to sell us down the river, doing deals behind closed doors that will change the face of European society forever,” he added.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • yep

    HA, MORE PROMISES, WE WILL SEE, WE WILL SEE, IF THIS HAPPENS, but in my opinion, it will not, period

  • Mick McNulty

    Victorian levels of poverty will return as will poverty diseases. We’ve already seen a new slavery which pays a small dole that barely keeps you a few days so your slaveowner no longer has to pay your keep seven days a week. You’ll be a slave who won’t eat or dress properly but they’ll blame you for that because you’re “paid”.

  • Tim Hadfield

    BUT Corbyn is for the EU, and a ‘remain’ person.
    The EU will accept TTIP on our behalf – we will have no say.
    So Corbyn contradicts himself.

    • David Howard

      Tim
      Be afraid very afraid of what this bunch of right wing posh boys will do if we Brexit. TTIP will arrive quicker than you can get out of the UK under the Tories.

      • corkie

        So kick them out when you get the chance. After a Brexit it might actually mean something.

  • Zaphod Braden

    The RE-ENSLAVEMENT of Humanity.
    White & Black will be equal …… equal SLAVES.
    Any government that will TORTURE will ENSLAVE.
    Once they decide they can get “information” (no matter it is bad info) by FORCE, they will decide to get work/labor by FORCE. Torture is the “Gateway Drug” to SLAVERY.

    A “Global Economy” presupposes “Global WAGES.
    You, your children will be working for the same pay as Bangladeshis and Chinese.
    YOUR Standard of Living will be EQUALIZED down to THEIR Standard of Living.
    THAT is what they mean by “equality”
    GET MAD.

  • Unite2014

    The TTIP I simply a contract and any contract can be voided, especially if it is based on fraud. We know that any agreement that must be negotiated in secret is based on fraud. It would be very easy to rescind the agreement but would be very painful for any individuals or corporations that think they can take advantage of the greater society.

  • garwain

    Unless he does a U turn on Brexit he’s talking hot air. EU will agree to it without his input.