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Was the EU for or against TTIP?

I am now rather puzzled about TTIP. As I wrote here a few days ago, I thought that the reason why so many sensible, thinking people voted to leave the EU was because it was heading for TTIP, a barbaric trade agreement which would give private companies precedence over state organisations like the NHS. On those grounds I'd agree we needed to leave. Yet according to this turd of an article in the Torygraph (don't worry, I haven't started reading that rag - I just found a link on facebook) the EU is anti-TTIP, anti free-trade. It sings the virtues of TTIP and relishes the fact that the door is now open to it. That would imply that my original position was correct: the EU was protecting us from this abhorrent deal, which was one of the reasons we needed to stay in. Now we've left, the capitalist greed-mongers will be free to take over our public services and turn society into the unequal, unfair dystopia people who read the torygraph dream of.

Comments

I think the EU was (is) both against and for TTIP.

Trying to reach an agreement between twenty seven and a half countries (I count Cyprus for half, but I'm not sure how to count the UK. For the time being, it's still in) means there are some additional safeguards.

Now TTIP is all but dead, we must look out and try to do the same for TISA - which looks as though it could be a lot worse.

It's all very complicated and murky. Depending on who you ask, some say it's for, some against. And you can bet things will get a hell of a lot more murky once article 50 is triggered. What a complete mess.

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