TTIP would create the world’s largest trading bloc, but at a price
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Unloved, untimely, and unnecessary, the putative free trade pact between Europe and America is dying a slow death.
The Dutch people have amassed 100,000 signatures calling for a referendum on this Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP as we know it. The number is likely to soar after Greenpeace leaked 248 pages of negotiation papers over the weekend.
The documents do not exactly show a “race to the bottom in environmental, consumer protection and public health standards” – as Greenpeace alleges – but they do raise red flags over who sets our laws and who holds the whip hand over our eviscerated parliaments.