UKIP has stood firm against the EU ratifying the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement following a committee vote in the Parliament today.
Key to the International Trade Committee vote on whether or not to reject the agreement was a Tory Party MEP’s bid to delay a decision until after hearing from the European Court of Justice, having being asked by the European Commission to do so.
UKIP’s spokesman on International Trade and committee member William Dartmouth MEP said: “The spirit of the Tory amendment not only goes against the wishes of the majority of citizens around Europe, who want this agreement rejected, but also implicitly condones the competence of, and accepts the authority of, the European Court of Justice itself by accepting its authority over vital matters that affect the rights of citizens of the UK.
“It shows how out of touch the Tories are with their UK constituents.
“What they fail to understand is that ACTA will have a negative impact on the access to life-saving drugs in the developing world and at the same time will weaken our fundamental freedom of expression and is an attack on our civil liberties.”
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement establishing an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the internet. It would create a new governing body outside existing forums such as the World Trade Organisation, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, or the United Nations.