EU Trying to Force Through Trade Agreement Before Brexit
It appears that the EU is trying to force its own ratification of the hated Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) without ratification by member states before the UK can actually leave the EU. If the UK doesn’t formally leave the EU before CETA is ratified, then it would be bound by the treaty for a period of twenty years after announcing any intention to leave CETA.
One of the reasons cited by LEAVE voters are the trade agreements being shoved down the UK’S throat without any democratic process and which ratified would greatly diminish UK national soverignty and democracy.
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said:
“The Commission have learned nothing from the Brexit vote. Rather than take a step back and question why there is hostility to the EU, they try to speed up this awful trade deal. Brexit has not stopped CETA – in fact it’s entirely possible that CETA could be steam-rollered through the implementation process before the UK formally leaves the EU, and without any national parliaments getting a vote.”
Sovereignty was one of the key issues of the referendum. The way that Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is acting in trying to push this toxic deal through without the consent of member states just reinforces the widely-held suspicion that the EU makes big decisions with harmful consequences for ordinary people with very little in the way of democratic process.”