David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

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Following today’s Foreign Affairs Council on Trade, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats, said:

UK manufacturing sector needs a level playing field and protection from unfair competition

Following today’s Foreign Affairs Council on Trade, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats, said: Read more

Following the decision by the American people to elect Donald J. Trump as their next President, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, said:

 

Now more than ever, the world needs an EU approach to trade

Following the decision by the American people to elect Donald J. Trump as their next President, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and... Read more

Following a publication from the European Commission Communication on the need to reform the EU trade defence instruments (TDIs), today the heads of governments meeting in Brussels acknowledged that unfair trade practices need to be tackled better.

The UK must stop blocking crucial EU trade defence reform

Following a publication from the European Commission Communication on the need to reform the EU trade defence instruments (TDIs), today the heads of governments meeting in Brussels acknowledged that unfair... Read more

CETA may stagger over the line, but will the price be the slow death of EU trade policy? This week’s hurried addition of declarations - still not public - have cluttered the deal and damaged the democratic process, with possibly devastating implications for our credibility as an international economic actor.

Are we facing the slow death of EU trade policy?

CETA may stagger over the line, but will the price be the slow death of EU trade policy? This week’s hurried addition of declarations - still not public - have... Read more

Following the Wallonian parliament’s decision today not to give the Belgium federal government permission to sign the CETA agreement, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland, International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats group and Shadow Rapporteur for the CETA agreement, said:

Regional veto of CETA signals ‘no easy ride’ for EU/UK trade negotiations

Following the Wallonian parliament’s decision today not to give the Belgium federal government permission to sign the CETA agreement, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland, International Trade Spokesperson for the... Read more

Yesterday (10 October) five southern African countries - Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - and the EU strengthened their bilateral trade relations with the entry into effect of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).  From now on exports from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland will enjoy duty- and quota-free access to the EU market. Mozambique is also in the process of ratifying the agreement.

EU bolsters trade and development ties with southern African region

Yesterday (10 October) five southern African countries - Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - and the EU strengthened their bilateral trade relations with the entry into effect of... Read more

Speaking at the European Parliament this week, David voiced his support for a vote to reinforce measures to ensure that the EU is no longer complicit either directly or indirectly in torture or executions beyond its borders.

David Martin praises EU anti-torture regulation as "an excellent example of value-based trade policy"

Speaking at the European Parliament this week, David voiced his support for a vote to reinforce measures to ensure that the EU is no longer complicit either directly or indirectly in torture... Read more

Speaking from Strasbourg yesterday (4 October) David Martin MEP welcomed a European Parliament vote to ratify the ground-breaking agreement on climate change known as the Paris Agreement, tipping it over the threshold needed for the global deal to enter into force.

Parliament votes for EU ratification of historic global climate deal

Speaking from Strasbourg yesterday (4 October) David Martin MEP welcomed a European Parliament vote to ratify the ground-breaking agreement on climate change known as the Paris Agreement, tipping it over... Read more

In this article, which first appeared in the New Statesman 1 September 2016, David Martin fears the Tories’ ideological commitments will cloud the UK’s weaknesses in negotiating new trade deals and calls on Labour to set out its vision for a progressive trade policy.

The Tory record on trade deals shows Brexit Britain has much to lose

In this article, which first appeared in the New Statesman 1 September 2016, David Martin fears the Tories’ ideological commitments will cloud the UK’s weaknesses in negotiating new trade deals... Read more

Labour MEP David Martin has welcomed the news that the Uruguay government has won the court case launched by Philip Morris. The tobacco company had sued Uruguay following the government’s decision to place large graphic health warnings on cigarette packets in 2009.

UK Labour MEP David Martin welcomes Philip Morris ISDS judgement in favour of Uruguay

Labour MEP David Martin has welcomed the news that the Uruguay government has won the court case launched by Philip Morris. The tobacco company had sued Uruguay following the government’s... Read more

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