Under UK law treason is defined to be 'the undermining of parliamentary democracy by extra-parliamentary means'.
Ergo, the TransatlanticTrade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), if written into European law and then ratified by national legislatures, will constitute the legalization of treason. This is because the TTIP provides for the setting up of secret courts wherein democratically elected governments can be prosecuted: by the banks and corporations, for enacting laws that the banks and corporations deem detrimental to their interests. Our governments - if found guilty by this secret court system - will then be forced to pay huge fines and also amend - or even repeal altogether - the offending legislation. Put simply the banks and corporations are to be given: under the auspices of the TTIP, the legal right to undermine parliamentary democracy by extra-parliamentary means. Treason is going to be made legal - but only when it is perpetrated by the mega-rich.
Futhermore, we have just celebrated Victory in Europe Day - a day of remembrance for the millions of soldiers and civilians that died in the 1939-1945 war to defeat the spread of fascism across Europe and the wider world.
My friends, if we allow the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - and the Transpacific Partnership - to become law we will have betrayed the sacrifices of all those that fought and died in the Second World War. Their sacrifice will have been for nothing. Fascism wins.
My friends, it's time we buried the TTIP.
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