Tell TDs to Stop TTIP
TTIP is starting to look like it’s on shaky ground. When Greenpeace Netherlands leaked the latest negotiating texts, the suspicions of millions were confirmed – that TTIP is a danger to democracy, food safety, farming, jobs and public services. Click here to read 248 pages of the latest negotiating texts
Total secrecy was the only way the European Commission could force this deal through. Now the cat’s out of the bag the impact it’s having is huge – even the French president announced that he’ll veto TTIP in its current form.
But we’re not there yet. We need to make sure Irish politicians feel the heat on TTIP too. So let’s get the petition to 10,000 and put it on the desk of every TD in the country.
TTIP stands for The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – a fancy name for a global trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US.
The deal will enshrine powers for corporations and will affect every aspect of our lives. Once agreed it will be irreversible and will limit democratic governments power to manage public services, introduce new health and safety regulations, protect food standards and so much more. 
We call it the Trojan Horse treaty because although it’s presented as a regular free trade agreement, in reality it’s a corporate takeover in disguise.
Why is TTIP a bad deal for us all?
There are a number of things about TTIP that are truly terrifying. Here are just two reasons Uplift members are taking a stand to stop it in its tracks
- TTIP would allow big businesses to sue the Irish government in secret.  For example, if our government decides to introduce a law to protect the environment from CO2 emissions – a fracking multinational could sue Ireland for millions, if not billions of euro for interfering with its right to make a profit. This is already happening in other parts of the world.
- Irish food and farming would be severely damaged.  A major part of TTIP is to bring standards between the EU and US in line. For example, GMO foods and hormone treated beef are currently banned in the EU but not in the US. This deal would make the EU lift these bans because they would be considered a ‘barrier to trade’. If these products and others like them are allowed to flood into Irish food markets, it would not only be bad for our health as consumers, it would also really hurt our food producers and farmers. That’s why top chefs like Darina Allen and Kevin Thornton are speaking out against this deal. 
We can win
A year ago, very few people had heard of TTIP. Now, over three million people have signed a petition against the deal across Europe.  In Ireland thousands of people have taken action. Local groups against TTIP are beginning to come together and hundreds of people have funded ads targeting politicians.
Irish politicians have been trying their best to keep it quiet because they know that once word is out on the deal, there will be an enormous public outcry. The deal is so bad for ordinary people, workers and small businesses, the only way they can get away with it is by keeping us in the dark. That’s why we need to do everything we can to push TTIP into the spotlight.
Together we can lead the charge against TTIP in Ireland. Can you sign the petition calling on all TDs to stand against TTIP?
Watch this short video for more:
 “The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries“, The Guardian, 10th June, 2015
 “Free Trade is Fracking with our Futures“, Council of the Canadians
 “EU-US trade pact poses major threat to Irish agriculture, IFA warns“, The Irish Times, May 27th, 2015
 “Darina Allen warns of trade deal threat to Irish food market“, The Irish Independent, November 1st, 2015
 “Anti-TTIP petition signed by 3 million people“, EurActiv, November 9th, 2015