The Statement

We UK-based businesses have come together to express our grave concerns about the secretly negotiated EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). 

Together with thousands of our counterparts in other European countries, we are concerned that many European businesses risk being wiped out by unfair competition from US corporations if TTIP is allowed to go through. 

TTIP will enable some of the world’s biggest corporations to undermine EU social and environmental standards. Under its investor protection rules, TTIP will also give US firms unprecedented powers to sue the UK government when any new laws affect their profits.

It is unfair to give US businesses a competitive advantage in their dealings with Europe. Equally, we do not want to reduce the social and environmental standards we hold dear. 

The overwhelming majority of British businesses do not export at all to the USA. TTIP has been designed by and for the largest corporations that trade and invest across the Atlantic, not the majority.

Worse still, the European Commission’s official study predicts that the EU will suffer at least 680,000 job losses as a direct result of TTIP – putting our employees and our businesses at risk.

We call on the UK government and the European Commission to stop the TTIP negotiations, and to ensure instead that trade is regulated to the highest standards for people and the environment.

Recent Pledges

Jemma Foster, Abandoned Apothecary/Mama Xanadu’s

Jemma Foster

Abandoned Apothecary/Mama Xanadu’s

Hippocrates once said "Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food". With TTIP, that medicine might be poison. European food safety standards would go out the window, allowing a host of unregulated chemicals and diseases into our food supply. Hippocrates would not be a fan. Neither am I.

Vivienne Westwood, Vivienne Westwood Ltd

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood Ltd

This pledge is about protecting our rights. TTIP means the end of democracy – it would take away our freedom. We have to fight every issue that threatens us – and win! (Image by Thibault Della Gaspera.)

Ben Slater, Bow and Arrow

Ben Slater

Bow and Arrow

Anyone who has read Steve Hilton or Jamie Oliver's brilliant work on global food production will know what a terrifying concept TTIP is. We must do everything possible to stop it from happening or face the consequences of exacerbating the inhuman practices animals are experiencing and the resulting human diseases we are suffering.

Ed Gillespie, Futerra

Ed Gillespie

Futerra

Great businesses of the twenty-first century are reconnecting with delivering real social and environmental value – a purpose beyond pure shareholder value. TTIP doesn’t just fly in the face of this important, urgent progressive movement, it spits in it. Business as a true force for good is based on trust, transparency and service for the common good. TTIP fundamentally undermines this. There is no place for it in a future where people and planet must prosper alongside profit.

Ben Pugh, Farmdrop

Ben Pugh

Farmdrop

Take a minute to learn a bit on what’s wrong with TTIP and how it’s a threat to our food from the experts, including Jamie Oliver. For anyone who cares about tasty, healthy food, our independent food producers and environment - this is unequivocally really bad news. Read in more detail here: https://www.farmdrop.co.uk/blog

Ben Meaker, Nice and Serious

Ben Meaker

Nice and Serious

Nice and Serious is all about making the world a nicer place by solving serious environmental and social issues. Now TTIP is very serious, but not that nice (not nice at all in fact). If it goes ahead, it will have a HUGE impact on people and businesses. And the environment is likely to take a punch in the face too. That's not cool. So for us, it's thanks, but no thanks TTIP. We'll sign the pledge instead!