We Irish businesses and entrepreneurs express our grave concerns about the secretly negotiated EU-Canadian trade deal CETA – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Together with thousands of our counterparts in other European countries, we are concerned that many businesses risk being wiped out by unfair competition from Canadian and US corporations who operate in Canada.
CETA will enable some of the world’s biggest corporations to undermine EU social, health and environmental standards. CETA will result in the loss of jobs in Ireland and will severely affect the Irish food and agriculture sector.
Our national sovereignty and democracy is undermined by CETA. Under its investor protection rules, CETA will give Canadian firms unprecedented powers to sue the Irish government when any new laws affect their profits.
It is unjust to give Canadian corporations a competitive advantage in their dealings with Europe. Equally, we do not want to reduce the social and environmental standards we hold dear.
The overwhelming majority of Irish businesses do not export to Canada. CETA has been designed by and for the largest corporations that trade and invest across the Atlantic, not the majority.
The EU Parliament’s Employment Committee concluded that CETA will endanger 90 million jobs in small businesses – putting our employees and our businesses at risk.
We call on the Irish government not to ratify CETA and to ensure instead that trade is regulated to the highest standards for people and the environment.