Senior lawmakers call for protect ion of sovereignty

Press Release – Third World Network Senior parliamentarians from five countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have signed an open letter urging their political leaders to protect their nations sovereignty from the United States process of certification.15 May 2015 For immediate release Press release Senior lawmakers from TPP countries call on leaders to protect national sovereignty from US certification Senior parliamentarians from five countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have signed an open letter urging their political leaders to protect their nations’ sovereignty from the United States’ process of certification. The signatories from Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand include prominent former parliamentarians as well as current leaders of political parties, spokespersons for trade, and members of committees with responsibility for the TPP. Their letter voices ‘grave concern’ that US governments have required parties to previous free trade agreements to change their laws, regulations and procedures to meet the US interpretation of those countries’ obligations before the US allows the agreement to come into force. ‘If applied to the TPP, this practice would infringe on the sovereignty of our governments to determine the meaning and extent of the obligations they have agreed to and adopted under the TPP; it would impugn the constitutional authority and responsibility of legislatures and lawmakers; and it would constitute interference by a foreign government in the sovereignty of our countries.’ The...

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