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Email to Stop TTIP (in Germany)

August 14, 2015

I have to inform you that your presentation, “The Ratification Process in EU
Member States: A presentation with particular consideration of the TTIP and
CETA free trade agreements “, found at
https://stop-ttip.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Eschbach_Ratification-TTIP-CETA-in-EU-MS.pdf,
is misleading in relation to the United Kingdom. I attach a note from the
House of Commons library setting out the current position. Basically, though
treaty texts are laid before parliament, because the government controls the
order of business of both Houses, it can and does prevent most treaties
being debated. There is one exception, namely when it is very clear what
domestic legislation is required in order that the UK can honour the terms
of the treaty. European treaties fall into this category but trade treaties
such as TTIP, CETA and TISA do not.

I am not surprised you are confused. The UK should not be called a
democracy; officially it has been called a ‘constitutional monarchy’. More
accurately it has been called an ‘Elective Dictatorship’.

I believe that Prime Minister, David Cameron has already decided to advise
Her Majesty to order ratification of whatever comes out of Europe – never
mind the details. So member states opposing the deal cannot expect help from
the UK. The situation is not helped by the fact that the Labour Party (‘ Her
Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’) is tearing itself apart.

keep up the good work , and yes, some of us in the UK are trying to educate
the public over TTIP.

kind regards

David Smith, Weymouth, UK

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