Last week during a lobby of the European Parliament, Anneliese met representatives from several NGOs, charities and trade unions to discuss TTIP.
Anneliese said: “It was great to meet with South East campaigners to discuss their views and concerns on TTIP ahead of the draft resolution which will be voted on in May. This resolution is an excellent opportunity to send a strong message to the European Commission about TTIP. Although the Commission is not bound by the European Parliament to accept the resolution, the Parliament does ultimately have the ability to vote on whether or not to accept the finalised TTIP agreement, so it is likely that the Commission will take into account the views of MEPs.”
Anneliese, along with other Labour MEPs, has committed to engaging with the debate around TTIP and using every opportunity to influence the outcome of the negotiations. All other main UK political parties have announced their final voting intentions on TTIP, regardless of the outcome of negotiations, which has therefore dramatically weakened their power to influence these outcomes. Labour MEPs will be pressing for the permanent exclusion of ISDS from TTIP, and to ensure that no standards will be lowered either directly or indirectly, and a full and unambiguous exclusion of all public services, including the NHS.