The most recent development has been for the EU to rule out an attempt to make this process, and the agreement, democratic by including us, the citizens of the European Union. John Hilary, director of War on Want and member of the Stop TTIP campaign said:
"This is an outrageous decision by the European Commission. These trade deals are already facing unprecedented opposition for their secrecy and unaccountability, but now we are denied even the right to petition our own EU leaders. An unelected executive, facing growing vocal opposition, has put his hands over its ears. “The big idea is to remove trade barriers, which in itself is not a bad thing, but it also seeks to remove regulations and red tape. You know, those things that protect us as consumers or workers like hygiene standards and Health & Safety plus those things that protect our environment, our living conditions, air quality and so forth. And here’s the biggy. It will allow Corporations (who are renowned for avoiding taxes) to sue governments (who don’t actually have any money themselves, it’s our tax£s) if they pass legislation that restricts a corporation's ability to make a profit or adversely affects their bottom line.
We already have an example of this with the Pacific Deal where the Asian arm of the cigarette company Philip Morris used the treaty to sue the Federal Australian government for introducing legislation to enforce plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products.
And as a portent of things to come Syngenta is currently petitioning the US government to increase the legal limit for its bee-killing pesticides, in one case by over 400 times. Back in April 2013 they threatened to sue individual European Union officials involved in publishing a report that found the pesticides posed an unacceptable risk to bees before the EU imposed a 2 year ban. They are now suing the EU.
Meanwhile, here in the United Kingdom (while it lasts) all four Tory Parties (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and UKIP) support TTIP. This is quite ironic for UKIP for while they are all for free trade, free market and less regulation, they actually support giving away our sovereignty to the Corporations while wanting to regain it from the EU. They [UKIP] frequently cite Agenda 21 as a “global government conspiracy” but are blind to the real threat as it fits in with their own flawed ideology. And the Labour Party is not much better. They say they will exempt the NHS from the deal (if elected), but we must ask why they are not doing so for the rest of our public services, not to mention the rights gained for workers and consumers that their predecessors fought so hard for.
Oh, The Green Party of England & Wales (and I think the completely Independent one in Scotland) are, as far as I can tell, the only UK political parties campaigning against TTIP. For an explanation just consider who funds political parties ….
TTIP: the biggest threat to democracy you've never heard of (New Statesman)
The TTIP deal hands British sovereignty to multinationals (The Guardian)
Trade talks 'must include healthcare' (BBC)
How will the new EU team line up on GMOs, TTIP and energy? (The Ecologist)
London Greens say no to secret TTIP trade deal (London Greens)
The price of trade (Ruscombe Green)