The European Parliament has been unsuccessful to sponsor opening trade talks between the United States and the EU amid worries over Donald Trump’s environmental and trade policies.
MEPs voted down a resolution on the talks by 223 votes to 198 in a session in Strasbourg.
The gesture had been positively amended by MEPs significant of the European Commission’s projected approach to talks. Consequently, the closing resolution excludes, after supporters of the Commission’s approach failed to vote for it.
The downfall of the proposal infers the European Parliament has never formally approved a resolution in favor of nor clearly against inaugural talks.
Various MEPs, covering from the center-left socialist group, had attempted to enforce additional conditions on negotiations – like accounting the US to the Paris climate alteration agreement. When this target didn’t satisfy, they voted to discard the mandate.
“Entering trade negotiations with the US at this time would mean colluding in their attempt to smash up the institution’s multilateral trade cooperation, and joining Trump in the new global game of bullying-thy-neighbor,” said Green MEP for South West England Molly Scott Cato, who voted against the motion.
“It would make a mockery of the idea of a trade for all and would put the final nail in the coffin of the vision of an EU trade policy based on environmental and social justice.
“With the IPCC stating that we have only 12 years to solve the climate crisis. It is simply impossible to open trade negotiations with the country. That is the world’s second-biggest emitted or carbon dioxide and yet is reneging on its climate commitments at every opportunity.”
She added that instead of “feeding Trump’s ego”, the EU should emphasize on its own industrial policy. Along with a reduction in carbon emissions.
From now on the Commission last month issues, EU member states have to agree to the commend the negotiating mandates.
Proposed or offered by the Commission, the two EU-UK agreements cover the elimination of tariffs on industrial goods. Exclusive of agricultural products, and on commonly known “conformity assessment”. It would assist in removing non-tariff barriers like contradictory technical specifications on the two sides of the Atlantic.
In last year Trump and European Commission president Juncker attained a surprise agreement to restart trade negotiations. This followed a duration of mounting tensions between the two powers.
At the time of the European Parliament vote, Trump reiterated his proposal of a decent free trade agreement with Britain. Saying on a social media platform he “looks forward to negotiating a large scale trade deal with the United Kingdom”. Beforehand, he had warned that Theresa May’s Brexit deal will probably “kill” any chance of a bilateral trade deal between the US and the UK.