THE dangers that a trade deal with the US could pose to our NHS or food standards are well known, but what many people do not realise is how little control our representatives in parliament have over this sort of high risk deal.

As things stand, MPs are not even guaranteed a vote on trade deals – in stark contrast to members of Congress in the US, and indeed MEPs in the European Parliament, who do.

The Trade Bill going through parliament at the moment could change this, and has been amended to give parliament a say on trade deals. Yet the government wants to reverse this.

We could see the spectacle of MPs voting to give themselves less power over things that matter to our lives.


Gravel Hill