There's one eurosceptic argument which completely annoys me. You can make the arguments about sovereignty, from an English nationalist perspective, or immigration. That's fine.
Those arguments are ones that I have disagreements with, but they are perfectly valid and deserve respect.
But the argument that we should leave the EU because of TTIP is complete and absolute nonsense. Let me tell you why.
There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the EU-US trade deal, commonly known as TTIP. The trade deal itself is designed to find a middle way meeting point between U.S and European regulation levels and standardise regulations across both sides of the atlantic, which would lead to more jobs being created, cheap U.S produced goods flosing into E.U markets and stimulate economic growth.
The biggest controversy is around one particular clause thought to be included in TTIP, called ISDS. This clause acts as a guarantee of investment protection for private corporations and allows them to sue a government if a court determines that a government acted in a way that prevented said corporation from making a profit.
Rightfully, there has been a lot of outrage over this particular clause, particularly on the left wing of British politics. However, a closer look at the situation shows that things are not quite as they seem to be.
Firstly, we don't even know if ISDS is going to be in the deal. The thing with trade deals that are negotiated behind closed doors is that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. Secondly, the clause is likely to be dropped due to opposition from the PES (Party of European Socialists) and many elements of the European public. Thirdly, there are treaties already on the statute books that have ISDS included (A prime example is the energy charter deal which the UK is a signatory to). There are rules and regulations enshrined in EU law that have prevented dubious lawsuits being brought against governments, lawsuits similar to that brought against the Australian government over plain cigarette packaging (Which the government won). Why have we suddenly started caring about it now?
Probably the most important point to be made from this is that there is no "Stop the world, I want to get off" option. Nearly every developed nation outside Europe has signed a treaty called the TPP, which is far worse than TTIP and includes provisions for privatisation of public services (Unlike TTIP). If we leave the EU, without the protection of EU law (Because we are stronger facing globalised capitalism together rather alone) we would quickly succumb to the pressures of world capitalism and globalisation.