Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, announced at the 2015 SNP Conference a letter from Nicola Sturgeon to the UK Government urging David Cameron to use his veto in the EU Council to stop the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) if the NHS is not explicitly exempted.
Nicola Sturgeon wrote:
“It remains our view that the most effective way to put the issue beyond doubt and to provide the concrete assurance that we and the public require is to provide an explicit legal exemption for the NHS on the face of the agreement.
“I urge the UK Government to ensure that the NHS is fully and explicitly exempt from TTIP and, if that is not the case, to use its veto at the European Council to prevent TTIP progressing.”
Alyn Smith said:
“I have been explicit that I will deal with TTIP on its merits, on a pragmatic and principled basis, and on this principled and pragmatic assessment TTIP is falling short.
“I am delighted to announce that Nicola Sturgeon has urged the UK government to use its veto if the NHS is not explicitly exempted from TTIP.
“I think it could be possible to reform TTIP in a positive direction and I will use every effort to do so. But if there is any risk to the provision of public services in Scotland TTIP will not receive SNP support in any parliament, or any council chamber.”
Alyn spoke on the TTIP motion at SNP conference:
Nicola’s letter can be read in full by clicking here.