Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade deal between the European Union and the United States.


In November 2013 the commentator George Monbiot warned about the potential impacts of this legislation in an article for The Guardian:

The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections. Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing.
The mechanism through which this is achieved is known as investor-state dispute settlement. It's already being used in many parts of the world to kill regulations protecting people and the living planet.
The Australian government, after massive debates in and out of parliament, decided that cigarettes should be sold in plain packets, marked only with shocking health warnings. The decision was validated by the Australian supreme court. But, using a trade agreement Australia struck with Hong Kong, the tobacco company Philip Morris has asked an offshore tribunal to award it a vast sum in compensation for the loss of what it calls its intellectual property. [1]


  • David Frost, currently UK Director of Europe Trade and International Affairs at BIS until December 2013 was involved in getting European countries to all agree to proceed on TTIP negotiations with the US



  1. George Monbiot This transatlantic trade deal is a full-frontal assault on democracy, The Guardian, 4 November 2013, acc 5 November 2013