Paul votes against CETA in Environment Committee

12 January 2017

Today in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) MEPs voted on their opinion of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU.

The ENVI Committee voted in favour of CETA by 40 votes to 24. The final vote on CETA in the European Parliament’s plenary is scheduled for February 2017.

As a member of the ENVI Committee, Paul Brannen, voted against CETA, calling for its rejection.

Paul Brannen MEP, said:

“Labour MEPs have taken a cautious stance when it comes to “new generation” EU trade deals such as CETA. While we recognise that increasing trade flows between the EU and North America could be beneficial to the UK economy, we have also raised concerns regarding some of the proposals made in these negotiations.

“The European Parliament adopted a comprehensive position on TTIP in July 2015, rejecting in particular any lowering of food and safety standards and calling for a full exclusion of all public services including the NHS.

“On investment protection, we have made our opposition to secret tribunals and enhanced rights for multinationals absolutely clear. Labour MEPs voted against the European Parliament resolution on TTIP because it failed to fully reject ISDS in all shapes or forms.

“Since many of the issues raised in TTIP are also relevant in the frame of CETA, I used the previous positions of Labour MEPs as a guide in this particular vote. I also share the concerns voiced by numerous environmental organisations, in particular with respect to safeguarding the precautionary principle and the need for such international agreement to be consistent with our climate commitments.

“The final vote on CETA is slated for the February plenary session where all 751 MEPs will participate. Labour MEPs will adopt a collective position in due course, which I will be bound by.”

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