Tories and Lib Dem vote to stop MEP debate on TTIP

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The conservative and liberal groups in the European Parliament united today to vote against MEPs debating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Following the postponement yesterday of today's planned vote on TTIP, the Tories' European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), the Lib Dems' Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), and the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) Groups voted this morning to stop MEPs from even debating the proposed EU-US trade deal.

Labour MEPs, however, voted for the debate to take place.

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on TTIP, said:

"It is a disgrace that the UK Conservatives and Liberal Democrat have voted to deny MEPs the chance to debate TTIP, They have acted not in the national or European interest, but to hide the divisions in their group.

"Unlike the Tories and Lib Dems, we were ready for the debate. We were ready for the vote. We stand ready to put our position on the record.

"We oppose the inclusion of ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) in TTIP, and have demanded security for our NHS and public services, and the maintenance of high labour standards and environmental protections."

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