Eddies Boots wrote:Make a deal about trade then, not about circumventing local laws.
If we have rules that say our food industry cannot do X, then why allow anyone to do X just because they originate in a banana-republic or the wild-west and shell out loads of lobby cash so that their own government allows X.
Same goes for manufacturing standards or building regs.
Its also funny because many of the same folk that might support this would be horrified if the same "latitude" were applied to other areas restricted by law that might come under the heading of religious or "local" customs.
Trade deals should be about levelling up, not levelling down to the lowest standards. Obviously, as with any deal, there has to be pragmatism and some give and take. Some local laws saying an industry "cannot do X" are designed to protect existing producers by raising barriers to entry rather than to protect consumers. Nobody can get everything they want. But with goodwill most trade deals leave the majority better off.
Still waiting for Musta to clarify his position re the "onward march of global capital." (Sound very 70s passe?).