Easton says NZ should sign the TPP

Politik reports:

The veteran centre-left economist and long-time Listener columnist, , has come out saying New Zealand should sign the .

In a blog, Mr Easton says that New Zealand achieves international trade successes such as its recent win by having the World Trade Organisation abolish agricultural subsidies because it has international credibility on trade agreements.

“That trust arises from the way we behave in other trade negotiations, including the TPP,” he said.

“The implication is that if we defaulted on the TPPA we would damage that trust and our ability to function effectively in a wide range of other international negotiations we care about, including on climate change.

Getting very lonely for Labour out there.

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