Baby Milk Action and IBFAN join UK NGOs in  calling on the Government to guarantee time for a debate on a substantive motion regarding the UK’s accession to CPTPP before the CRaG period concludes on March 22nd 2024. The  terms of the agreement must be  adequately debated and a vote  held.

NGOs highlight many risks in the CPTPP,  including the agreement’s investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism  that impinges on the UK’s right to regulate in the public interest, the lack of enforceability of CPTPP’s provisions on the environment and labour rights and animal welfare. All these risks  deserve extensive parliamentary scrutiny.

Press release

UK departs Energy Charter Treaty

The UK government confirms its withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty after efforts to agree vital modernisation fail.

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and The Rt Hon Graham Stuart MP. 22 February 2024
NGOs* are welcoming the news that the UK government announced that it is withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty, with the decision to take effect in 12 months. The DESNZ press release is here.  For more see  Energy Live NewsPoliticoEvening StandardBloombergReuters and The Independent.
Within this decision is an implicit admission that treaties containing ISDS carry a threat to our climate commitments so we hopewe can build on this to press for  further commitments on ISDS: no new ISDS provisions, and a review of existing treaties containing ISDS.  (Investor–state dispute settlement)
** Global Justice Now, War on Want, Transform Trade, Friends of the Earth, E3G, Green Alliance, Client Earth).
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