Ahead of a 13th round of negotiations in New York last month, the European Commission published a state of play on TTIP.
This document showed that the European Commission is concerned that negotiations have not been progressing at the scheduled pace, and that they are now at risk of reaching a complete stalemate.
In March, the European Commission published a raft of new TTIP negotiating documents. But further transparency remains dependent on US goodwill. It was only through the leaked documents that we found out the reasons why the negotiations are blocked.
It has a lot to do with the EU actually doing what it said it would: the US has been pushing for relaxed standards in many areas, but the European Commission is holding strong and refusing to compromise on issues such as animal welfare and stopping secret courts – the so-called ‘ISDS’.
Meanwhile, one of the UK’s leading TTIP campaigners - Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now – firmly rejected any suggestion that leaving the EU would address any of our concerns on TTIP. In fact, Nick Dearden argues that the situation may very well be far worse if we leave and the Tories negotiate a bilateral trade deal with the EU.