When? 5.30-7.30pm, Thursday 9 November
Where? Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL Leeds
Speaker: Jean Blaylock, co-ordinator of the Trade Justice Movement
Organised by: Leeds Trade Action Network and Global Justice Now
Donald Trump has promised Theresa May a UK-US trade deal “very, very quickly” after Brexit, but from relaxing rules around chlorinated chicken to US healthcare firms getting their hands on the NHS, the deal will be a charter for corporations. Meanwhile trade minister Liam Fox has been cosying up to authoritarian leaders around the world, claiming new trade deals can be the solution to our post-EU problems.
Yet current rules allow the government to strike these deals without any public scrutiny or parliamentary oversight. We stopped TTIP, the US-EU trade deal – but now we need a democratic voice in trade policy to ensure it puts people before profit.
Trade deals aren’t just about sending goods across borders. As we saw with TTIP, trade deals can lock in privatisation, trash environmental and consumer safety legislation and give corporations new rights to sue governments. Join us in Leeds this week for a discussion on corporate power, democracy and what we can do.