Anneliese has been closely monitoring the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations which concluded their exploratory phase today.
This phase involved the exchange of ideas without making any formal commitments -- the drafting of the TTIP agreement has not even begun yet.
The negotiations over TTIP started in June last year, and negotiators are aiming to conclude the deal by the end of 2015. This, however, is highly unlikely due to the complexity of the negotiations. The agreement might not even be presented before the European Parliament in the course of the current term (2014-2019).
Anneliese said: "Constituents right across the South East have been in touch with me to express their concerns -- which I share -- about TTIP. My constituents can be assured that, along with other Labour MEPs, I will oppose any deal that endangers our NHS, or prevents a future Labour government from repealing the Coalitions' wasteful and unwanted Health & Social Care Act. In fact, the UK government can easily obtain the exclusion of the NHS from any future deal, and I will keep pressing for it to do so. I will also not support any deal that in any way limits the sovereignty of the British people and the autonomy of its elected representatives, in particular through the flawed ISDS mechanisms. I will continue to work closely with Labour colleagues, trade unions and campaigning organisations, like 38 Degrees, as the negotiations continue."