TTIP & ISDS – my letter to Jean-Claude Juncker

If you don’t know about the TTIP and its component ISDS, I urge you to Google them and find a petition to oppose them. 

I wrote a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the European Commission, via the website 38 Degrees and you can do the same here.

Below is that letter.


Dear Jean-Claude Juncker,

Though I was born in the UK, I consider myself a citizen of Europe and am proud that – as a continent, as a future thinking people – we are always striving to achieve a better, more distributed, and fairer Europe.

I sincerely think that the TTIP and ISDS will make Europe far less so.

The UK government isn’t speaking for us – thousands of us have spoken out against ISDS by emailing the EU consultation and now we’re asking you directly to remove it from TTIP. Though I know you’re busy, I am compelled to email to ask you to remove ISDS from the TTIP.

The European Union is exactly that: a union. We are stronger together as peoples, as nations, and in our hopes – businesses have always been and should always be stood up to by unions.

Please don’t allow big companies to sue the UK government, by including ISDS in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This could be your first act as President of the European Commission, after hundreds of thousands of people across Europe have spoken out against ISDS.

Almost 700,000 people across Europe have already signed a petition against TTIP in just a few weeks – and ISDS is a big worry for us. ISDS will allow big corporations to take our, democratically elected, governments to court. This will then cost us a great deal and weaken the strength of our governments and the European Union as a whole.

So, as a proud European and a concerned citizen, I’m writing to ask: please don’t let ISDS be a part of the TTIP.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,
Ben Gwalchmai.


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