Keith Taylor MEP backs Reading action against CETA trade deal

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, is backing Global Justice Reading’s action against CETA on January, 21. Campaigners will take to Broad Street on Saturday morning to ask people to sign a card for Anneliese Dodds, Labour MEP for the region, asking her not to ratify the deal.

As a staunch opponent of CETA, Keith has already pledged to vote down the toxic trade deal, unlike his South East colleague.

He said:

“I am backing Global Justice Reading’s action on Saturday because CETA is a bad deal for the people of Britain, Europe, and even Canada, but a great deal for multinational corporations keen to escape the democratic oversight of national parliaments.”

“Greens in parliaments across Europe are at the forefront of the fight against toxic trade deals. But it is citizens’ voices that resonate the loudest. So I am delighted to see that Global Justice is taking to the streets of Reading to raising awareness and urging my European Parliament colleagues to join me in voting against CETA in February.”

“The EU-Canada trade deal has been open to little scrutiny, but what we do know of the deal is very worrying. One of CETA’s most pernicious elements is the inclusion of a highly controversial ‘Investment Court System’. The court allows corporations to sue democratically elected governments for taking action to protect the rights of their citizens. It also has far-reaching implications for the ability of governments to return industries to public ownership.”

“International trade is important, but I will continue standing with citizens across Europe to resist a trade deal that puts the profit margins of corporations above the rights and freedoms of European and Canadian citizens. I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

Global Justice Reading will be meeting on Broad Street between 10 am and 12 noon. Details of the event can be found here. Use the CETA-CHECK website to see which of your MEPs have pledged to oppose the deal.