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Stuart Agnew

Agriculture TTIP deal hidden from view in windowless cell

19th October 2015

UKIP Agriculture Spokesman and East of England MEP Stuart Agnew said: "On Monday 12th October I was at a viewing of the recently published ‘Restricted’ Agricultural chapter of TTIP.  I had to sign a document stating that I would not disclose what I would read and I had to hand over any electronic gadgets, cameras, etc. I was allowed a pen but no paper, and then led into a windowless cell where I was issued with special blank paper which cannot be photocopied.
"If I publicly disclose what I have read, I will be subject to a minimum fine of £2233. I will also be at the mercy of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, who dislikes UKIP and may impose further punishments. If the agricultural unions or media are willing to fully compensate me, then I may be tempted to break Parliament rules.
"This is the EU's definition of transparency. They can truthfully say that the MEPs have now seen the document. The Agricultural chapter is one small part of a very ambitious trade negotiation where the British have to sit on their hands whilst an unelected foreign commissioner takes our decision for us."

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