David Cameron likes to portray himself as defender of British sovereignty in dealings with the EU. But at the same time, he is pushing for a trade deal between the EU and the US which hands our sovereignty over to multinational companies.
This deal would allow big companies to sue governments, including ours, over decisions that might affect their future profits. Similar deals already in operation have led to the Egyptian government being sued for introducing a minimum wage, and the Australian government being sued for deciding cigarettes should be sold in plain packaging.
Our government should be able to make decisions in the interests of the people, without fear of being hit for billions of pounds by a company that doesn’t like the decision. I’m campaigning with the World Development Movement to stop the EU-US trade deal. It’s a campaign we need to win, for the sake of our democracy.
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