944 people in Norwich South have signed a petition against a secret deal with the USA that is set to hand more power to big corporations.
Norwich South local Chris Keene will be delivering a copy of the petition to Clive Lewis MP on 24 October at his constituency office, asking him to oppose the trade deal at any opportunity. Throughout October, campaigners across the country are aiming to deliver the petition to all UK MPs.
Clive Lewis said “I’ve been an opponent of TTIP since it’s inception as it undermines our ability to protect our services, our workers and our rights. It is a dangerous piece of legislation which I will continue to oppose.”
Campaigners say the deal could lower our environment, food and working standards to dangerous American levels if passed. It could also give big businesses the privilege to sue the government in secret courts if British laws dent their profits.
Chris Keene, a 38 Degrees member from Norwich South who will deliver the petition said: “TTIP is the greatest threat to democracy since the Second World War, for it will make corporations more powerful than governments, able to sue them for any law, such as raising the minimum wage, renationalising a privatised industry such as the railways, or banning toxic chemicals, which affects their profits. “
Amy Lockwood, Campaigns Manager at 38 Degrees said: “TTIP is bad news for the UK. It puts our public services at risk, threatens to lower our food and safety standards, and will give corporations sweeping new powers to sue our government.
“Luckily millions of people across Europe are coming together to speak out against this dodgy trade deal - and now it's time for our politicians to respond. MPs need to hear from local people just how dangerous this deal is.
“That’s why hundreds of 38 Degrees members are meeting their MPs throughout October to deliver the petition straight to them and ask for them to oppose the deal at any opportunity. ”