• Tonight, William Dartmouth, UKIP MEP for the South West and Gibraltar and trade spokesman, persuaded the coordinators of the International Trade Committee to agree to an extraordinary sitting of the committee on June 29 to deal with TTIP, the controversial US-EU trade agreement.
Dartmouth said: "The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a matter of huge public interest and even greater concern. It is utterly wrong for the parties in the European Parliament to supress debate. We need to have debate, we need to understand what is going on. UKIP is leading the fight in the European Parliament to make sure this happens."
Last week, at a plenary sitting in Strasbourg the parliament was thrown into turmoil when Martin Schulz, the German socialist MEP who is president of the parliament, cancelled the vote because many of the parliament's centre-left MEPs were defying EU policy and threatening to come out against TTIP.
Now, after Dartmouth's interventioin, the committee will be voting on the amendments to the TTIP resolution thereby enabling it to go back to the July plenary for the debate and vote it didn't have last week.
However, even with the committee voting, the resolution on TTIP can still be stopped by the Conference of Presidents, made up of the heads of the political groups in the parliament.
But if they don't stop it at that stage, there will finally be a debate and vote next month on the TTIP resolution.