EU public rejects Mercosur trade deal as MEPs step up campaign

An overwhelming majority of citizens in six major European states are opposed to the EU’s controversial free trade agreement (FTA) with the South American Mercosur bloc, according to a new poll

An overwhelming majority of citizens in six major European states are opposed to the EU’s controversial free trade agreement (FTA) with the South American Mercosur bloc, according to a new poll. 

The findings of the YouGov poll commissioned by campaign group SumOfUs come as MEPs opposed to the FTA on environmental and human rights grounds are stepping up efforts to mobilise public opinion.

The deal, agreed in June 2019, centres on exports of European car and pharmaceuticals and imports of agricultural products from Latin America. A European Commission study in 2013 found that European imports are a major driver of deforestation, while forest conservation group Fern has said the Mercosur deal “sacrifices forests on the altar of trade” with “devastating” consequences for the climate.

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