The government’s Trade Bill is now before parliament.
As it stands, it's a power grab. It doesn’t give parliament or the public any role at all in overseeing future trade deals. Instead, it gives trade secretary Liam Fox a blank cheque to negotiate over our food standards, our public services like the NHS, and corporate courts – with MPs reduced practically to spectators.
We have a chance to make the Trade Bill something to celebrate.
Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, has tabled a cross-party amendment to the bill, labelled NC3 in the parliamentary papers. It would mean real scrutiny, genuine democracy and actual transparency for trade deals being negotiated in the future. Stewart Hosie, the SNP MP, has tabled amendments NC20-24 which would give the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland a say as well.
The bill has been on hold for many months while the government wrangles over Brexit. Now it is due to come back to the House of Commons on Tuesday 17 July, when all MPs will get a vote.
We must push every single MP to support amendments NC3 and 20-24 and give themselves a role in the UK’s future trade policy and relationships.
Please ask your MP to VOTE for trade democracy now.