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UKIP stance on TTIP

30th Jan, 15

UKIP is in favour of free trade, and wants the UK to trade globally says Paul Nutall MEP.

The EU is not a free trade area but a Customs Union which prevents member states from signing their own trade agreements.  When the UK leaves the EU it will be able to sign its own trade agreements and be a full voting member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), rather than having its policy decided by the EU.

The EU is negotiating a trade and investment deal with the US - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  TTIP claims to be opening up the US to EU firms (and vice versa), helping cut red tape that firms face when exporting, and setting new rules to make it easier and fairer to export, import and invest overseas.  However, many claim that in reality TTIP will strip away obstacles to large corporations making profits, by removing regulations that protect our privacy, the environment, food safety and the economy.  TTIP also opens up public services, such as the NHS, to international private companies motivated primarily by profit rather than people’s needs.

Following on from UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours conference presentation, UKIP confirm that they will fight to exclude the NHS from inclusion within the TTIP agreement.  

UKIP believes it should be the UK rather than the EU making our free trade deals.

For more related information go to:

Why TTIP is so bad for us by Richard King (because TTIP means back door NHS privatisation and GM food,++)

UKIP and the National Health Service

Economics: EU Costs Britain £170 billion per year (11% of GDP)

Why the UK does not need the EU to trade - by William Dartmouth MEP

Europe doesn't work - the Myth of 3 millions jobs at risk & other misconceptions