Labour MEPs: TTIP vote postponement is "deeply disappointing"


Labour MEPs have spoken out against the postponement of tomorrow's European Parliament vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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

"We are deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone tomorrow's vote on TTIP. MEPs have been denied the chance to vote for our amendments and the European Parliament will have to wait to put its position on the record.

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

"We will continue to push for these, and will work for the best possible trade deal, one that has the potential to boost our economy and bring jobs to Britain."

David Martin MEP, Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group spokesperson on TTIP, added:

"We wanted a vote tomorrow to make our position on this trade deal clear. It's hugely disappointing we can't now do so, but we will continue to campaign for an EU-US trade deal that is in the interests of the British people."

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