6th March 2017

Tense Times


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If Liam Fox makes the right choices, he can change trade for good.


Our new International Trade Secretary has already started informal trade talks with over ten countries including China, Australia and the US.


Aubrey Chilenje, a Fairtrade sugar farmer from Malawi <http://www.e-activist.com/ea-action/broadcast.record.message.click.do?ea.url.id=870334&ea.campaigner.email=nS0nt6O2Te8VBZDGcWae8FoujeQC7h6jibX66GqT1Vc=&ea.campaigner.id=8uTXz%2FzivVeZkArzVWMSmA==&ea_broadcast_target_id=0>


For Fairtrade farmers like Aubrey Chilenje, right, it’s a tense time. These big new trade deals have the power to destroy her livelihood.


'The system might demolish us,' she warned when we visited her in Malawi recently. 'Farmers will no longer be able to provide for their families.'


It’s time to remind Liam Fox that a ‘great, global trading nation’ must make sure its trade works for everyone.


Please sign our petition now <http://www.e-activist.com/ea-action/broadcast.record.message.click.do?ea.url.id=870335&ea.campaigner.email=nS0nt6O2Te8VBZDGcWae8FoujeQC7h6jibX66GqT1Vc=&ea.campaigner.id=8uTXz%2FzivVeZkArzVWMSmA==&ea_broadcast_target_id=0> .


If he brokers a trade deal that favours a wealthier country, it could collapse the UK market for poorer sugar-producing countries such as Malawi, leaving farmers like Aubrey unable to compete.


But Brexit presents Liam Fox with a big opportunity to deliver even better trade that brings prosperity to the poorest countries around the world as well as the UK. And he can start right now by reassuring poor countries that they won’t have to pay to import their produce into Britain.


Tell Liam Fox he must seize this chance to change trade for good.


SIGN THE PETITION <http://www.e-activist.com/ea-action/broadcast.record.message.click.do?ea.url.id=870336&ea.campaigner.email=nS0nt6O2Te8VBZDGcWae8FoujeQC7h6jibX66GqT1Vc=&ea.campaigner.id=8uTXz%2FzivVeZkArzVWMSmA==&ea_broadcast_target_id=0>

Want to know more about how leaving the EU could affect farmers and workers in developing countries? Read our new report <https://www.e-activist.com/ea-action/broadcast.record.message.click.do?ea.url.id=870337&ea.campaigner.email=nS0nt6O2Te8VBZDGcWae8FoujeQC7h6jibX66GqT1Vc=&ea.campaigner.id=8uTXz%2FzivVeZkArzVWMSmA==&ea_broadcast_target_id=0> .


Thank you,


Jonathan Smith


Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation




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