David Martin MEP

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

Trade Matters: Blog

1. Benefits for the many and not just the few

How CETA stands up against the S&D’s ten progressive principles

1. Benefits for the many and not just the few Read more

Trade deals offer new opportunities for exporters outside their own market, creating jobs as well as reducing prices and increasing product choice for consumers at home. But economic development must be sustainable for it to provide lasting benefits.

CETA and the environment

Trade deals offer new opportunities for exporters outside their own market, creating jobs as well as reducing prices and increasing product choice for consumers at home. But economic development must... Read more

In a recent mass-email directed at me from an anti-CETA campaign group it is asserted that:

“The official study of CETA estimates that it will add 0.01% per year (0.08% after seven years) to EU GDP. A UN study finds that CETA will result in reduced economic growth in the EU, job losses and a dangerous reduction in intra-EU trade.”

On CETA and economic models

In a recent mass-email directed at me from an anti-CETA campaign group it is asserted that: “The official study of CETA estimates that it will add 0.01% per year (0.08%... Read more

We are entering a new era for global trade. Faced with unfettered globalisation on the one hand and Trump-style protectionism on the other, modern trade agreements like CETA can help set progressive global rules

Why CETA is a good deal for Europe

We are entering a new era for global trade. Faced with unfettered globalisation on the one hand and Trump-style protectionism on the other, modern trade agreements like CETA can help... Read more


Scotch_Whisky.jpgWhen non-Scots think of our country one of the first things that springs to mind is our world-famous whisky. Enjoyed the world over, it is an emblem of Scottish culture that stands for high quality local production with a technique honed over centuries.

Scotch Whisky offers spirited defence of EU membership

When non-Scots think of our country one of the first things that springs to mind is our world-famous whisky. Enjoyed the world over, it is an emblem of Scottish culture... Read more

Workers_day.jpgApril 28 was International Workers' Memorial Day, recognising all those who went to work one morning and never came back.

Trade deals must be part of the EU's strategy to improve workers' rights

April 28 was International Workers' Memorial Day, recognising all those who went to work one morning and never came back. Read more

On Thursday President Obama will visit the UK and Germany in what will probably be his last visit to European soil as the most powerful politician on the planet.

Obama's visit to Europe is a blessing for Bremain but we should be wary about a TTIP-light

On Thursday President Obama will visit the UK and Germany in what will probably be his last visit to European soil as the most powerful politician on the planet. Read more

China-at-EP.jpgEurope must defend its jobs and industry in the face of unfair competition. That is the clear message set out in the position paper adopted by the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) Group on Monday 14 March.

China and the EU: Ensuring a level playing field

Europe must defend its jobs and industry in the face of unfair competition. That is the clear message set out in the position paper adopted by the Socialists & Democrats... Read more

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