An update from the Guardian tells us that MPs have won access to documents covering controversial and secretive trade talks between Brussels and Washington, BUT can only take a pencil and paper into the room where the files can be viewed.
Green MP Caroline Lucas said that access to documents on “this hugely significant trade deal” was necessary before UK parliamentarians were asked to vote on it.
“The bad news is that a cloak of secrecy still surrounds TTIP. If the same rules apply here in the UK as they do in Brussels, which is what the minister is implying, then MPs will be bound by a confidentiality agreement if they want to see the text,” Lucas said. “This opaque process, which shuts citizens out of this crucial debate, is profoundly undemocratic.”
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