I received the following earlier today from our London MEP, Gerard Batten, regarding the shadowy Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
You recently wrote to me about your concerns about TTIP. I was pleased to tell you that I will be voting against this treaty when this comes before the European Parliament, and I would now like to update you on the latest situation.
On Wednesday 9th September Jean-Claude Juncker, President of European Commission, gave his annual State of the Union speech to European Parliament.
In his speech Mr Juncker referred to TTIP and said unequivocally that he was “in favour of the TTIP treaty”. I felt that you should be aware that this was his, and the European Commission’s position.
Mr Juncker further remarked that that we wanted “international representation for the euro-zone” on such bodies as the “Bretton Woods Institute and the International Monetary Fund”. He said that he wanted a “single representation by the European Union” on these bodies.
While the UK is not part of the euro-zone, his remarks demonstrate the EU’s ambitions to replace national representation on international bodies still further, thereby further reducing the democratic accountability of national governments to their electorates’.
I will update you further on the TTIP issue as things develop.
Gerard Batten MEP