Sir Leon Brittain was EU Trade Commissioner from 1989 - 1999. He's now making a comeback as Uk Prime Minister David Cameron's Trade Advisor. He's been quoted in Brussels yesterday as saying,
'Human rights vs. Trade
Brittan deemed "unrealistic" the possibility that the EU could push for human right clauses to be included in trade agreements, as the European Parliament advocates.
"I'm not aware of any evidence that the inclusion of such a clause has prevented any country from doing what it wants to do, or forced any country not to do what it has wanted to do. I am highly sceptical about the value of such clauses," Brittan said. '
Could we think of drafting a common response to him? Like.... if these clauses have little concrete value in practice, what can the EU and other governments do, in the ambit of trade negotiations and agreements, which would have impact and value in securing and maintaining human rights?
We might even get the EU newsletter which published this interview http://www.euractiv.com
, to pose the question to him....
anyone want to join me on this one?`