Dan Hannan and right-wing ‘free trade’ groups secretly plot lower standards so we can buy inferior US goods. Treachery?

Greenpeace’s Doug Parr says the self-styled “shadow trade talks” are “secretive” [Image: Warming Images/Rex/Shutterstock].

Paul Mason says this is “the real Brexit plan: slash safety standards and do a secret deal with Trump. What Theresa didn’t mention in Munich”.

I would go further.

The fact that Mr Hannan and his far-right associates have been plotting in secret to harm the health of UK citizens by lowering our standards to make it possible to import inferior US goods suggests treachery against the nation.

Information about the plot should be forwarded to the police.

Am I right?

An unprecedented drive to lobby ministers to ditch strict EU safety standards in order to secure a US trade deal is being drawn up by a transatlantic group of conservative thinktanks, it has emerged.

Organisers of the self-styled “shadow trade talks”, which are set to include 10 leading rightwing and libertarian groups from the UK and the US, are preparing to push their “ideal free trade agreement” that would allow the import of US meats, drugs and chemicals banned in Britain.

The conservative groups involved include the Heritage Foundation, which has pushed for the lifting of environmental protections, and the Cato Institute, co-founded by billionaire oil barons Charles and David Koch. In Britain the project is being overseen by the Initiative for Free Trade (IFT), an organisation founded by the hard-Brexit advocate and Tory MEP Daniel Hannan.

According to a document outlining the project, mistakenly published online by the IFT, the groups will “hash out an ‘ideal’ US-UK free trade agreement (FTA)” that includes Britain recognising US standards which are widely seen as weaker than those adopted by the EU. Such a move would allow imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-reared beef to be sold in the UK for the first time.

Source: Revealed: rightwing groups plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs | Politics | The Guardian


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5 thoughts on “Dan Hannan and right-wing ‘free trade’ groups secretly plot lower standards so we can buy inferior US goods. Treachery?

  1. hugosmum70

    so we all stop eating meat and go organic/vegetarian then. if we value our health. i for one do not need more hazards to undermine my health… its managing quite well to do that on its own these days.i rarely eat beef anyway. but i do eat chicken. ill juast have to eat all fish or other forms of protein if that happens.

  2. NMac

    You are spot on with this post Mike. It is Hannan and his cronies who are the real traitors. I suspect he will make a fortune at our expense.

  3. Lynn Jenks

    Am I being overly suspicious to think that the whole EU train wreck was just an elaborate way of pushing through TTIP? I’m becoming absolutely obsessive about the stranglehold capitalism has on us and our planet. Does no-one in power care anything for human life? Are they really so totally enthralled by money that they have lost their humanity? It certainly looks that way.

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