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UKIP point to LibLabCon hypocrisy on ACTA
Date 04/07/2012 15:08  Author webmaster  Hits 2494  Language Global
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The Three Establishment parties in the UK were accused of hypocrisy over ACTA by UKIP today for allowing the international treaty to pass through Westminster committees in 2011 saying they were of no political or legal importance.

In the European Parliament today, all UKIP MEPs voted the ACTA proposal down.

The European Commission however said it would wait for the ECJ judgement on the matter and return with new proposals in the future.

Member of the Civil Liberties committee, UKIP MEP Gerard Batten said today, "UKIP are in favour of internet freedom and against the criminalisation of offences in ACTA under article 23.


"Genuine copyright and intellectual property rights must be protected, but the EU is building up its own police state.

"Criminalisation opens up all types of sinister possibilities to prevent free speech, dissent and alternative points of view.

"The three Establishment parties in the UK are guilty of rank hypocrisy over ACTA because they allowed this treaty to pass through Westminster committees in 2011.

"They said it had no political or legal importance, which was false. It was only when the media spotlight turned on ACTA that they changed their tune. Their actions on ACTA are not credible, the LibLabCon are hypocrites and cannot be trusted on this matter," Mr Batten concluded.

ACTA was nodded through the UK Commons, via the "European Scrutiny Committee" without a debate or vote.

On the 7th September 2011 there were "22 Documents not raising questions of sufficient legal or political importance to warrant a substantive report to the House" on that committee.

Two of those documents were the final proposals for ACTA as follows:

"Draft Council Decision on the conclusion of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the United States of America."
- see reference number "12193"

and

"Draft Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the United States of America."
- see reference number "12190"

According to the rules of the European Scrutiny Committee:

"Documents not regarded as of political or legal importance are cleared immediately."

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