EU Try­ing to Force Through Trade Agree­ment Be­fore Brexit

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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.”

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