St Andrews group urges rector to consider position on trade deal

A local group fears a secretive trade agreement between the EU and Canada could have grave impact closer to home.

Monday, 23rd May 2016, 11:08 am
Updated Monday, 23rd May 2016, 12:32 pm
Some members of the St Andrews TTIP Action Group who gathered to meet MEP Catherine Stihler on Saturday in St Andrews. Catherine is rector of the University

The St Andrews TTIP Action Group on Saturday met MEP Catherine Stihler, rector of the University of St Andrews, to discuss concerns about CETA, a trade deal between Canada and the EU which contains many of the negative aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a series of trade negotiations carried out, mostly in secret, between the EU and US.

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The group is most worried by dangers CETA poses to the NHS in Scotland, to Fife Council’s local procurement policy and to the right it gives to multinational companies to challenge and sue, in secret, government decisions.

Catherine was unwilling to say which way she will vote when CETA is put before the European Parliament.