The European Parliament's trade committee backed away from a confrontation with the bloc's trade commissioner on Thursday, supporting proposals by the EU commission to continue ongoing EU-US trade talks. Deputies backed the continuation of negotiations by 28 to 13.
• South WestUKIP MEP William Dartmouth has today (28.05.2015) attacked the Labour Party for using underhand parliamentary manoeuvring to ensure UKIP amendments calling for the exclusion of the NHS from TTIP were not voted on.
Three Labour MEPs allowed through compromise amendment 22. This did not specifically include the NHS. In consequence, the UKIP amendments (below) that gave the proper and necessary protections to the NHS were dismissed.
William Dartmouth MEP voted against the Committee's resolution on TTIP as it did not include essential safeguards for the NHS.
He stated that, "TTIP cannot be supported unless the NHS is totally excluded. It seems Labour thinks something different. Yet again more proof that Labour cannot be trusted to protect our NHS from EU-imposed rules.
Motions for a resolution
Amendment 1 (vi. a) That the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom be excluded from all TTIP provisions in their entirety;
Amendment 2 (vi. b) That a full carve-out from TTIP be provided to the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom as part of the negotiations on market access, in such a way that this carve-out cannot be challenged through any dispute settlement mechanism that may arise from TTIP;
Draft report containing the European Parliament's recommendations to the Commission on the negotiations for TTIP 2014/2228 (INI)
Rapporteur- Bernd Lange
Compromise amendment (CAM) 22: EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, GUE, GREENS, EFDD
(Covers AMs 293, 373, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 402, 403, 405, 407, 411, 412, 413, 415, 534, original text, IMCO (b) ii), IMCO b.i, b.ii, ITRE 11., JURI point 1p, point 1o, point 1r); ENVI 3, partly ENVI 7, ENVI para 8 third indent, ENVI para 8 seventh indent; ENVi para 9, ECON 1p, EMPL 1(xii), (xiii),( xiv))
ENVI 8 (except indent 3) votes separately as an addition [Request by ENVI as list of these standards not explicitly mentioned in CAM.]
Paragraph 1 - point b - point vi:
(vi) to build on the joint statement reflecting the negotiators’ clear commitment to exclude current and future Services of General Interest as well as Services of General Economic Interest from the scope of application of TTIP, (including but not limited to water, health, social services, social security systems and education), to ensure that national and if applicable local authorities retain the full right to introduce, adopt, maintain or repeal any measures with regards to the commissioning, organisation, funding and provision of public services as provided in the Treaties as well as in the EU's negotiating mandate ; this exclusion should apply irrespective of how the services are provided and funded;