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Guardian Live – Trade secrets: lifting the lid on TTIP

16th February 2015 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm

In person | Virtual event

 Guardian Live – Trade secrets: lifting the lid on TTIP

“A serious threat to British democracy from Brussels.” Owen Jones

What is TTIP, other than an ugly acronym? And will it boost global prosperity by billions of pounds every year – or just make big business ever more influential and unaccountable? Is the proposed transatlantic trade and investment partnership – TTIP – between the European Union and the United States simply a free trade agreement, as presented by its political supporters? Or is it something more sinister driven by corporate greed rather than people’s needs? What does TTIP really mean for the future of our public services, environment and British sovereignty? With our readers calling to break the media silence on TTIP, and George Monbiot calling for a fight to defend British democracy against the deal, Guardian Live hosts a public forum to discuss the extent of the threat posed.

Join panellists including Claude Moraes, Labour MEP; Owen Tudor, head of European Union and International Relations, TUC; John Hilary, executive director, War on Want; and chaired by economics writer Larry Elliott, to lift the lid on TTIP at the height of its controversy. 

Running time approximately 90 minutes.

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