A sign against the TTIP free trade agreement in Frankfurt, Germany [Image: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters].

A sign against the TTIP free trade agreement in Frankfurt, Germany [Image: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters].

Isn’t it interesting that a French minister has joined Germany’s Vice-Chancellor in calling for negotiations on the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to be called off, so soon after the UK voted to leave the EU?

We know that David Cameron was very much in favour of the planned agreement between the United States and the European Union, that would have driven down the quality of products, harmed working conditions, and sealed privatisation into the UK’s National Health Service.

But the UK has voted itself out of this issue and now it seems the EU will disengage.

The question now is, with the UK steering a separate course from the rest of Europe once again, will Theresa May demand an individual agreement between our country and the States?

That could be disastrous for the British quality of life.

France’s trade minister has increased the pressure on the proposed EU-US trade deal by calling for the talks to be called off.

Matthias Fekl, the French minister for foreign trade, tweeted that his government demanded negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should cease.

France has been sceptical about TTIP from the start and has threatened to block the deal, arguing the US has offered little in return for concessions made by Europe. All 28 EU member states and the European parliament will have to ratify TTIP before it comes into force.

Fekl’s statement follows similarly gloomy comments from the German economy minister, Sigmar Gabriel. He said on Sunday: “The negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it.”

Source: France demands an end to TTIP talks | Business | The Guardian


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