Latest on CETA from Labour MEPs

The need for fair and sustainable trade is an issue I have been passionate about ever since I was elected in 2014. I am an advocate of the Alternative Trade Mandate, which holds that trade must always put people and planet ahead of profit. Continue reading

Update on the EU-Canada Trade Deal

Many consituents have been writing to me about CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, with many. Here is a short update on where things stand.    Continue reading

Labour MEPs vote against ISDS-lite

On Wednesday, July 8th, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on the ongoing negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The European Parliament has no formal power while trade negotiations are ongoing, but it has the power to veto any trade deal if and when negotiations are concluded. In order to influence the TTIP negotiations at this stage, Labour MEPs have been pushing the European Parliament to set out what we will and won't accept in the final TTIP text if and when it is adopted. That is what this Resolution (also known as the Lange Report) is for, and it is one of the most significant means at our disposal to ensure that TTIP negotiators take the public’s concerns into account.   Continue reading

TTIP Resolution Round II: No Compromise on Investor Courts in Trade Deals

As those who have followed the intricate debates around TTIP will know, the European Parliament's vote on its Resolution on TTIP was postponed last month, to take place in the July plenary session instead. Given the high number of amendments tabled to the plenary, and last minute talks between the political Groups, the President of the Parliament made a controversial last-minute decision to postpone the vote, in accordance with the Parliament's rules of procedure. Labour MEPs spoke out strongly against the postponement, having wanted to express our position on TTIP there and then. A month on, European Parliament will now set out what we will and won't accept in the final TTIP text if and when it is adopted. This is one of the most significant means at our disposal to ensure that TTIP negotiators take the public’s concerns into account. The vote on this resolution will take place on Wednesday 8th of July.   Continue reading

TTIP Vote Deferred

Unfortunately the vote which was to be held on 10 June on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been postponed. As Labour MEPs we have spoken out against the postponement.  Continue reading

TTIP Resolution Vote June 10th 2015

As you may know already, having looked at this page, or followed my activity as an MEP, I have been greatly concerned by TTIP, and like fellow Labour MEPs, I am fully opposed to ISDS. I will be voting accordingly at the Plenary vote on June 10th. Continue reading

March Update

Trade with the United States is crucial for Europe in the recovery of our economy and job creation, and for making it easier small and medium sized businesses to export. Continue reading

TTIP - Questions & Answers

What is TTIP? Who is responsible for it? What is in TTIP? When will the negotiations be concluded? Why are the negotiations secret and how can we improve transparency? Could TTIP affect public services? How can we guarantee that TTIP fully excludes public services? What is ISDS? What are the risks with ISDS? Can ISDS be fixed, or should it be scrapped altogether? Would TTIP lower our standards? Would TTIP make any controversial foodstuff available in Europe? What would the impact of TTIP on jobs and the economy be? Would TTIP benefit SMES, or just big transnational companies? What would the impact of TTIP on developing countries be? Continue reading

Julie's response to constituents about TTIP

Trade with the United States is crucial for Europe in the recovery of our economy and job creation, and for making it easier for small and medium sized businesses to export. Negotiations on a trade agreement aimed at expanding economic opportunities are therefore welcomed by the European Parliamentary Labour Party and the other members of the Group of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament Continue reading