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Dutch Set to Deliver Second EU Bombshell Referendum Over TTIP Deal

By Egbert Nobakon, April 15, 2016

the people do not like TTIP but when did public opinion matter to the Euronazi Brueaucrats of Brussels?
A petition raised by citizens in The Netherlands demanding another referendum on an EU issue, on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States, which EU bureaucrats are trying to push through before Barack Obama leaves office, has surpassed the 100,000 signatures mark and is rapidly gaining support. If the petition reached 300,000 signatures then under the Dutch constitution the issue has to be put to a referendum. People in the Netherlands delivered a blow to the European Union in last week's referendum on Ukraine's accession to the EU, which developed into a vote of confidence in the EU. On a turnout of about 33 percent, 61 percent voted against the Approval Act. Both petitions use the Dutch system, whereby 300,000 signatures are needed to force a referendum and, although the Ukraine one was started as a joke by a satirical magazine, the TTIP vote could prove more damaging and controversial. Negotiations on the terms of TTIP which if ratified by both sides would create the biggest trade pact the world has seen, between the European Union and the United States, but due to opposition from the political left and right there is a strong possibility it will never be passed, let along go through before Obama steps down in January 2017. Talks have been beset by controversy — not least over the massive lobbying by multinational companies and worries that corporate lawyers will be able to sue governments for loss of trade and thus overturn labour, consumer protection, food standards, health and safety and environmental protection laws corporate business deems as restricting their firms profits. The controversial clauses at the heart of the TTIP propose for an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which would allow companies to sue governments if their regulations or laws affected their profits. Thus, if a US multinational company believes lost lost profits because their product or service was regulated by law for health or other reasons, they would be able to sue a government — or the EU — for loss of earnings. This has antagonsed organised labour and small business organisations who see TTIP as loading the dice against them and in favour of global corporations. Unions and worker protection organisations also fear TTIP would make the offshoring of work even more easy, thus destroying jobs in the middle income ranges. Critics of the TTIP deal also point to the fact the European food regulations are different from and some say more stringent than those in the US. For example, public opposition in the EU has prevented Genetically Modified organism (food) being cultivated and sold even though the corporate friendly bureucratic dictatorship in Brussels desires it. If TTIP were to go through it there would be no way in which European voters could oppose the introduction of GM foods. There are both scientific and economic arguments against Genetic Modification, the biology is beyond me but I understand the economic arguments against and if anybody out there thinks it is a good idea to place control of the worlds food supply in the hands of a few American controlled corporations, all of which have terrible track records on ethical and environmental issues, sign up for a trip in our time machine. You will feel very much at homes in Maoist China in 1959. There are also fears that strict European environmental regulations will be flouted under the proposed deal, which critics say has been dominated by big business lobbying. Concerns have been raised by environmental protection groups on both sides that EU and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations in every sector will be swept aside because multinational companies will hold more powers under TTIP. The Dutch petitioners say: "[Under TTIP terms] Large companies can sue governments in special tribunal. Europe will have to accept the often poorer American standards for consumer protection, social rights and environmental protection. Then we will see the introduction of US legislation in Europe without citizens or parliaments having any say over it."


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