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Voting to stay in the EU will severely threaten our public services – Parkhill

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A vote to remain in the EU in the upcoming referendum would pose a huge threat to our public services, according to UKIP Assembly Candidate Steven Parkhill.

Speaking about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Parkhill said :

“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. One of the main aims of TTIP is to open up Europe’s public health, education and water services to US companies which can essentially lead to the privatisation of our NHS. “

“The proposed trade deal is a huge threat to our democracy and our sovereignty. TTIP incorporates Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS), which allow companies to sue governments if those governments’ policies cause a loss of profits. ISDS provisions completely undermine the power of national governments to act in the interests of those who elect them.”

“ISDS effectively allows corporations to dictate policy to democratically elected governments; this is a clear assault on our democracy!”

“TTIP is just one example of what can potentially go wrong while we remain in the EU and allow EU Commissioners to negotiate every single trade agreement on behalf of twenty-eight member states.”

“The only way to defeat TTIP, guarantee protection of our public services, and restore democracy and sovereignty to the UK is by voting to leave the European Union on June 23rd.”

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