the EU’s negotiating position on a free trade deal with the United
States after divisions within the second-biggest bloc in the assembly
laid bare the depth of disquiet in Europe about controversial investor
protection clauses. Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP's Financial Affairs Spokesman commented:
“No one should be surprised by what happened in the European Parliament
this morning. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
was negotiated in the same way as this morning’s decision to stop
democratic debate - through secret agreements done in backrooms away
from the public’s gaze. The Tories ECR Group, Merkel’s EEP Group and
the Socialists got caught out as their underhand negotiations backfired.
The lack of transparency over such an important life changing document
for the citizens of the UK is undemocratic and shocking.
“TTIP and all trade agreements and made on behalf of the UK should be
signed by the UK government and ratified by the UK parliament alone. It
is important to recognise that the European Union's interests are not
necessarily synonymous with the UK interests. This deal impacts the NHS
and is an example of the EU doing something that the British people have
not voted for. The British people never gave the EU a democratic mandate
to negotiate trade deals on our behalf.
“UKIP is the only major UK party opposed to TTIP which could allow
American corporations to win contracts in the NHS and potentially sue
the UK if government policy changes cut their profits. TTIP is yet
another reason why Britain needs to leave the European Union.”