As France calls for an end to discussions, was the EU only interested in TTIP because the UK demanded it?

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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11 thoughts on “As France calls for an end to discussions, was the EU only interested in TTIP because the UK demanded it?

  1. Dez

    Good point…..the Establishment and the Elite seem to regard the uk as being just an
    extension of the great USA and of course the likes of Camoron etc are well up the backside, still, of those commercial and banking interests that actually run the US.
    We are well out of this agreement but with strong vested interest in the UK you are correct we must be vigilant that these covert powers do not knock on the Cons door again for a second go…..which of course they will. Mrs. May will again be put to the test to see who she actually stands up for….the haves or the have nots. No bets being taken!!

  2. Joan Edington

    It is a bit worrying. Although Obama ruled out any deal with the UK if they left the EU, if Europe give up on TTIP, the USA will probably be seriously looking for a partner who is ready and willing to be ripped off.

  3. Sven Wraight

    I can finally feel good about being out of the EU if it spares them from this Draconian legislation.

  4. mohandeer

    Well done Mike for making the observation. It is likely that May’s government will pursue TTIP because we are now such a corporate empire that we slot quite well into the US plan based on acquisition(by fair means or foul)and the furtherment of corporate interests to the detriment of the country’s masses. The UK government both past and present, is also up to it’s neck in the proverbial precisely because it has pursued modern day Imperialism through illicit means.

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