Issue date
21 Oct 2016

Collapse of EU-Canada trade deal should be a wake-up call to politicians, says TUC

Commenting on today’s (Friday) collapse of negotiations over the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA), and the cancelled EU-Canada summit next week, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This should be a wake-up call to UK politicians.

“Britain will need a trade deal with the EU after Brexit, and it mustn’t follow the failed Canadian model. We need a new approach to trade that creates good jobs and protects public services and workers’ rights.  Not one that just prioritises the needs of big business.

“This is only possible if trade unions are meaningfully involved in negotiations from the start. Politicians should listen more to working people and less to corporate lobbyists.”