Tobacco company threatens to sue to stop legislation– But wait till we get TTIP
By Admin D
Now currently they may fail in their action to prevent a government making its own national laws but once this TTIP is in place these large cash rich corporations will be given powers to overrule national parliaments through private corporate tribunals, suing countries in the process for loss of earnings if they maintain restrictions or bans on certain products.
Countries will end up with a choice, lift the ban and allow these products freedom to trade in the State or pay reparations to the company for projected lost profits.
This is the most important issue of our time but it is being designed in secret by our own politicians without a single press release or consultation with the people of Europe. This case should be used as the highlight to bring the TTIP issue to he public’s attention.
Whether you are for or against tobacco companies’ right to advertise, or if you think people should be responsible for their own actions, this is only one product that could avail of the favourable terms the TTIP negotiators are promising, that would relegate parliaments to a subsidiary position of large corporations.
In essence the new legal structure of governance in European countries would be Corporations above States, and as the States are the administrators of the People’s wealth you can guess who will be paying the price both financially, environmentally and socially.
Other examples of how this can affect Ireland would be to reverse the EU ban on pesticides that were shown to be wiping out the bee populations, or the ban on hormone enhance beef and genetically modified crops or food labeling as is the norm in the USA.
This case should be used to highlight the future effects of the TTIP and the government needs to come clean on exactly what is being negotiated, agreed and who is lobbying the process. This is of such importance that it should be essential that the Irish people must have the power of referendum to either accept or veto this proposed treaty.
Tobacco giant issues legal threat over plain packaging
Benson and Hedges owner warns of legal action unless Ministers halt legislation
James Reilly: Introduced the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill last year when minister for Health but he retained command of the file when he became Minister for Children. Photograph: The Irish Times
First published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015, 01:00
One of the world’s largest tobacco firms has told the Government to immediately halt plain packaging legislation in the Dáil or face a High Court claim for damages.
JTI Ireland, owner of the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, has told Ministers James Reilly and Leo Varadkar that it will take legal action if they fail to promise by Friday that no further steps will be taken to enact the draft law.