Brexit trade deals must help Scotland - your views

"The content and quality of trade deals affect local communities and should be an issue at every election”

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 7:00 am

Brexit trade deals must help Scotland

The Trade Justice Coalition Scotland brings together 22 Scottish organisations and includes trade unions, NGOs and local campaign groups which represent thousands of people across Scotland.

Currently we are very concerned about trade deals the UK government are negotiating in the aftermath of Brexit.

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Trade deals have an imp-act on local communities and it is important that the UK government is not allowed to get away with agreeing deals which could damage our local public services such as the NHS - for example by allowing big companies an opportunity to make bids to run some of our NHS services.

It is also important to ensure that any trade deals the UK government reaches do not lower food safety standards and other regulations that protect public safety and the environment. It is vitally important that people know that the food they eat will not damage their health and wellbeing.

The Trade Justice Coalition is calling on people to ask their local candidates for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections in writing or at meetings if they think that the NHS and food standards should be protected in any future Trade Deals which the UK government agrees with other countries - and whether, if elected, they will speak out in opposition to any deals that might threaten those things.

The content and quality of trade deals affect local communities and should be an issue at every election.

Please help the Trade Justice Coalition Scotland make it an issue at this year’s Scottish Parliament elections.

Arthur West, Member of Trade Justice Coalition Scotland.

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