EU-US deal threat to 'hard-fought-for UK standards'

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Credit: PA

A proposed deal that could threaten increased privatisation of schools and the NHS will blow apart the power of democratic decision-making, the leader of the Green Party has said, as protests are expected to erupt over the EU-US trade deal.

Natalie Bennett said: "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a huge threat to hard-fought-for standards for the quality and safety of our food, the sources of our energy, workers' rights, and our privacy".

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Hundreds set to protest over 'secret' EU-US trade deal

Opponents say the deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), threatens increased privatisation of schools and the NHS, would cut food and environmental rules and cost jobs.