I have received a huge amount of messages from my constituents about TTIP and I just wanted to post a little update about what’s been going on this week in Strasbourg, let you know what I’ve been doing and how I will continue to tackle the TTIP issue in the future.
On Tuesday, the President of the Parliament postponed the vote on TTIP (which was scheduled for Wednesday) but the debate was still going ahead. Then, as we turned up for the debate at 8am in the morning, we were ambushed by a proposal to postpone the debate as well. I spoke on behalf of the UKIP MEPs, saying that the debate should continue because this is a matter of such public importance. You can watch this speech here:
Sadly, we lost the vote by 183-181 (the British Conservative Party voted to cancel the debate) and the debate was also postponed.
I’ve made two other interventions in the chamber this week before the debate/vote was postponed, and you’ll be able to see the videos below:
- I managed to persuade the European Parliament to extend the debate on TTIP so that it can be given greater scrutiny (before it was later cancelled):
2. Because TTIP has been impacted by big business lobbying, you may also be interested in the point which I made in one of the debates on intellectual property rights, about the sheer number of corporate lobbyists in Brussels. The 1-minute speech can be found at: http://www.jonathanarnott.co.uk/2015/06/parliamentary-speech-i-am-more-interested-in-hearing-from-my-constituents-than-30000-big-business-lobbyists/
Earlier this week I also spoke out during the meeting of UKIP MEPs, and pushed the point very strongly to my colleagues that they should take the same anti-ISDS, pro-NHS and anti-TTIP position that I am taking. I was slightly surprised to learn that almost all of my colleagues feel as strongly as I do on this. I have also discussed the matter with colleagues from other parties and other countries, urging them to take a similar position.
I’m very disappointed that I will have to wait to represent my constituents on this matter, I don’t yet know when the vote will now take place but my best guess is that it’s most likely to happen at the July Strasbourg session and whenever it comes before the European Parliament, I will continue to oppose ISDS and these TTIP proposals.
I will continue to keep everyone updated about this important issue through my Twitter feed @JonathanArnott and here on my website at www.jonathanarnott.co.uk. I hope you will agree that I’m doing everything that I can to make sure that your voice is not ignored!
Jonathan Arnott MEP