Sunday, 23 March 2014

Why you should vote Plaid Cymru in the European Elections.

This is a letter I have sent to the Daily Post and Western Mail today regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. I have tried to make it as succinct and as understandable as I can, I don't know whether I've succeeded!

Dear Editor,

I recently wrote to all four Welsh MEP's to ascertain their position on a little known and secretive trade treaty currently being negotiated between the EU and the US called the TTIP or the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership.

The negotiations around this so called trade treaty is shrouded in secrecy for a reason and that reason is its negative implications for the public good of the people of the European Union including Wales. The only beneficiaries of this treaty are the profit margins of transatlantic corporations.

The top priority of the treaty negotiations is to reduce 'regulatory barriers' in Europe to the levels in the US, which would mean LESS employment protection, social welfare, food safety standards, use of toxic chemicals and other environmental protections.

The European Commission have actually admitted that implementation will bring, "prolonged and substantial dislocation to European workers as companies will be encouraged to source goods and services from US states where Labour standards are lower and trade union rights are non-existent." 

Three replies to my letter were received, the Labour and Tory MEP expressed support for the treaty, albeit with differing degrees of enthusiasm. The UKIP MEP unsurprisingly failed to respond whilst Plaid Cymru's Jill Evans was the only one to identify the concerns and dangers that implementing of this treaty would have on the Welsh national interest.

This is further evidence that Plaid Cymru along with their partners in the European Free Alliance are the only Welsh party to stand up to protect Welsh workers and small businesses. 

Arfon Jones, 

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