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ROBERTSON WARNS OF POTENTIAL EFFECT OF TTIP ON PUBLIC SERVICES

20/07/2015  

HUNDREDS IN MORAY WRITE TO MP OVER TRADE TREATY CONCERNS

Moray’s MP Angus Robertson has warned of the potential impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on public services.

The local MP was speaking after the SNP Group at Westminster secured an Adjournment Debate on the subject in the House of Commons.

MPs have been inundated with messages from constitituents concerned about the impacts of the TTIP proposals as they currently stand.

In Moray alone the SNP’s Angus Robertson has received hundreds of emails and letters on the issue.

Commenting Angus Robertson MP said:

“Hundreds of people across Moray have contacted me on this issue and they are rightly concerned about the scope of this treaty negotiation, the potential impact on our valued public services like the NHS and Scottish Water and secretive and clouded manner in which the negotiation is being conducted.

“While there is great potential in opening up US markets to Scottish firms, the SNP remains deeply concerned about some key aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.

“In particular, we believe that the Conservative Government must make it clear to our European partners and to the US that there must be an explicit exemption for the NHS and Scottish Water, to ensure that the Scottish Government could not be sued by private firms because of their policies or actions relating to public healthcare.

“Governments in Scotland, the UK and beyond must be able to manage these services for the greater good without fear that their democratic mandate is overruled in the courts. That would be completely unacceptable and total undermining of the decisions of the people made through the ballot box.

“There are other aspects of the treaty that are entirely unclear and we have made it absolutely plain throughout the process that we must see more transparency so that a full and informed debate can take place on all aspects of the proposals.

“The UK Government must also set out how the Westminster Parliament will be able to scrutinise the final proposal before it is ratified.  We must have a full debate on this important matter before the final Treaty is agreed."

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