Free Trade

TTIP: Opportunities and Risk of an EU-US Free Trade Agreement

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

It has the potential to create the world's largest bilateral free-trade area, creating jobs and boosting economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, yet the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has proved controversial from the start.

Cows, Capitalism and the Power of Profit

Joe Ware | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

There are millions of women around the world that are business owners-in-waiting. By breaking down the cultural barriers and being equipped with start-up resources they have the potential to take back power over their own lives and transform their community.

Talking Straight to Mr Free Market About Fairness

Harriet Lamb | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

It's time to tell him straight: You are pretty damn good at many things, mate. You are simply the best at growth - no one comes near you. But you are starting to look a little overweight, what with all the mergers and acquisitions?

TTIP's Threat to Democracy

Leanne Wood | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

TTIP will subject Europe to American-style 'light touch' regulation for corporate take-overs and practices. It will drape a constant shadow of uncertainty over public services in the form of possible aggressive private take-overs.

Ten Reasons to Get Active and Stop TTIP

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be the biggest international 'free-trade deal' in history. It will standardise EU regulations with their almost non-existent US counterparts. Negotiations are secret and over 90 per cent consultants are corporate lobbyists, which is more than a little suspicious.

Landmark European Elections Deliver Political Earthquake

Andrew Hammond | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.

A Vote for Sinn Féin Is a Vote for Poverty

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Admittedly, that is a slightly sensationalist statement, but let's look at the facts. Forget highly-charged diatribes about United Irelands or United Kingdoms. Forget histrionic republicanism, flag-waving unionism and arguments about terrorists and freedom fighters. Take bigotry, ideology, and romanticism out of it.

Being part of the EU is GOOD for the UK

Ben Acheson | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Cross-border telecommunications are cheaper and easier after the EU abolished national monopolies for fixed-line services. The price of phonecalls has plummeted. Since 2000, the cost of a 10-minute call within the EU has fallen by an average of 74%...

WTO in Bali: Anyone Would Think 440ppm Had Never Happened

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Meanwhile, the US continues to subsidise its own agricultural sector for crops like corn, wheat and soy, all of which are exported, all of which are associated with climate change: monocropping and the depletion of soil nutrition, reduction of soil capacity as a carbon sink and use for feed for Greenhouse Gas intensive meat production.

Will We Let Democracy Die With Mandela?

Jon Alexander | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Alexander

This great man knew that the freedom of every member of a society to participate fully in its governance was the absolute, the fundamental, the non-negotiable. This freedom transcends race, and it transcends political affiliation. I believe we must all claim his legacy as a matter of urgency, and do so actively and constructively, if we are not to sleepwalk into a new era of oppression.

China Set To Invest In HS2

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

China could be set to invest some of its significant economic might in the controversial HS2 rail project and a new generation of nuclear power statio...

Why Trade Deals are Privatising Government

Ruth Bergan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Today, the EU and US will start the second round of negotiations on what could be the biggest trade deal ever seen. They present us with a stark choice: do we want the rules that govern our society to be decided by government, or by big business?

Ken Clarke's 'Pro-EU Tripe And Propaganda' Attacked By Tory MPs

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

Eurosceptic Conservative backbenchers have hit back at Ken Clarke's claim that they risk wrecking the prospect of the UK benefiting from a proposed tr...

Leaving EU 'Would Damage Britain'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

Cabinet minister Ken Clarke has warned Eurosceptics that they risk wrecking the prospect of the UK benefiting from a proposed trade deal with the Unit...

Cameron And Obama Hold Talks

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK

After members of his Cabinet spent the weekend talking up life outside the EU, David Cameron now has to highlight the benefits of a possible trade dea...

EU-US Trade Deal: An Opportunity We Must Not Miss

Catherine Bearder | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

The US and EU accounts for almost half of global GDP and is worth a combined £393 billion a year, it's not a surprise the benefits of a trade deal are being realised and the feeling of optimism around the talks is palpable on both sides of the pond.

EU-US Free Trade Agreement: What Are the Obstacles?

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The EU and the US have for a long time been behaving like reluctant lovers: flirting, and bickering, but never willing to go the distance. Despite many shared interests, a full-blown free-trade agreement has always proved one step too far.

A Transatlantic Trade Up

Simon Evenett | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK
Simon Evenett

It is safe to say that a watershed has been reached with the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - an ambitious agreement to ...

The European Parliament is Rewarding Israel's Human Rights Violations

Rafeef Ziadah | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK
Rafeef Ziadah

On 18 September 2012, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) passed the Protocol on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) by a slim margin.

Britain's Conservative Majority has a True Friend in Mitt Romney

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

As London literally warms up for the greatest show on earth, Governor Mitt Romney will meet Prime Minister David Cameron amidst last minute preparations for the Olympics Romney himself led ten short years ago.

Cameron and Obama Need to Do Business, Not Just Tea and Sympathy

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

This week President Obama will throw a tea party for British prime minister David Cameron in Washington, with only a trace of irony.

What Has The EU Ever Done For Us?

Huffington Post UK | Peter Guest | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

Tory MPs calling for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union may have been voted down in the Commons, but their rhetoric – that ...