Dear Fellow Irishwomen and Irishmen,
Walter here appealing to you to persuade your MEPs to vote against Ceta this Wednesday, February 15th, 2017.
Ceta, ‘The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement’ between The EU and Canada, is not just a trade agreement. It allows private corporations to sue Ireland and other EU Nations when they believe their “future anticipated profits” might be threatened by new laws, replacing National and EU governance with Corporate governance.
A US multinational with an office in Canada will also be able to sue EU Nations for bringing in laws that compromise their profitability. This includes the UK if the deal becomes law before Brexit.
Ceta favours privatisation over democracy, and once sanctioned would be extremely difficult to reverse.
It is a document designed to confuse, 1,600 pages long, with neither a contents list nor an explanatory text. It’s composition makes it virtually impossible for people to understand, and for our MEP’s to make a properly informed decision.
There is not a word about the risks to Nations, our People, our democracy. It overrides EU laws, individual Nation’s laws, our constitution, environmental laws, food law, and planning laws. It paves the way for fracking, mining, drilling, where we must accept reduced environmental consequences or face financial penalties. Ceta will legally allow the importation to Europe of food products with inferior animal and human health regulations, which will compete with ours.
As a Corporate development it will undoubtedly hit the most vulnerable worst. Unemployment will most likely rise, wages will fall and economies will see their growth rates decline. Governments will lose revenue, and so increase austerity further, with well understood consequences on public services, homelessness, food poverty and mental and physical health.
Ceta includes the investor-state dispute settlement system (ISDS)– which hands big business the power to sue individual governments when their present and future profits may be affected, eg if local protests, or local laws, delayed their planned developments.
Ceta threatens to lock in privatisation, making renationalisation or attempts by Ireland and other Nations to take control of failing public services impossible.
Ceta claims to be a trade treaty, but many of its provisions have little to do with trade. They are attempts to replace democracy with corporate power.
Ceta was prepared in secret by unelected personnel. Public Consultation consisted of four meetings, all of them in Brussels, all dominated by corporate trade associations.
Many of our Irish MEPs are understandably voting against Ceta this Wednesday. However our three Fine Gael MEP’s are publicly voting for this undemocratic binding international corporate trade deal, which will transfer Power away from the People and their elected representatives, to private Corporations.
I urge you to contact Deirdre Clune MEP Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org , Brian Hayes MEP Brian.email@example.com , and Sean Kelly MEP firstname.lastname@example.org , and all your Fine Gael contacts to change their minds and vote against Ceta, and vote for Irish interests. Brian Crowley MEP, Fianna Fáil, has not been voting at all in the EU recently. Fianna Fáil abstained from voting in the Seanad, however their Senators spoke in favour of Ceta. They must also be persuaded that Ceta is most definitely not in Ireland’s best interests. Sinn Féin and other Irish MEPs are voting against Ceta on Wednesday.
This is very serious for Ireland, and every Nation within the EU. Not only would Ceta compromise the EU institution and it’s laws, it would undermine and override our Constitution and our Independent Republic of Ireland. What an insult this would be to our Nation’s founders.
Ceta is a major move towards Globalisation and Corporate Governance, taking Power away from the People.
Please, I beg you, stop these MEP’s voting for Ceta this Wednesday.
Simply email them and say " I,..............., (address)..........., hereby ask you not to vote for Ceta on my behalf this Wednesday 15th of February, 2017. "