The Labour Party won’t pull out of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement if it wins power, but would back itself to win changes on aspects it doesn’t support, leader Andrew Little says.
Yeah sure you will. 11 other countries will re-open negotiations two years after it has been signed and ratified because Andrew Little wants them to.
The deal is the deal. It is not going to be changed.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Little confirmed the party would not pull out of the TPPA if in Government.
However, it would fight “tooth and nail” to win changes on aspects of the deal it did not support, such as the prohibition on banning foreign property buyers.
The TPPA allows a de facto ban through stamp duty. This is hollow pretend anger.
While foreigners were currently allowed to make submissions on New Zealand legislation, Little said the TPPA would “elevate that process to an obligation” by requiring the Government to notify partners about potential law changes.
Oh shock horror – law changes have to be notified in the Official Gazette now. What an awful obligation.
This is complaining about trivia, and avoiding the substance.
Little did not say whether he would pull out of the TPPA if he failed to win changes, but said he would be confident of success.
Here’s a question for Andrew. What proportion of trade deals ever get renegotiated after they have been signed and ratified? Is it 50%? 10% 5% 1%? Under 1%? He’s dreaming.
“The comments now coming out of other countries, even Hillary Clinton now saying the thing needs to be tweaked, I’m confident that over time we can get some change.”
The changes Hillary Clinton wants are not ones that would benefit NZ. Plus her rhetoric is just that. She doesn’t actually mean it.