Commenting after the Council of the EU announced that the mandate for negotiating the EU-US trade deal - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - will be made public, Emma McClarkin MEP, Conservative trade spokesman, said: 

“This is a welcome move that shows clearly this is not a cloak and dagger deal aimed at damaging our public services, but one that will deliver for all European and British people. 

“TTIP has always been about breaking down barriers to free trade that will boost our economies by billions of Pounds, Euros and Dollars. 

“Trade deals by definition cannot be negotiated through the press, but we need to ensure we carry people along with us by being as transparent as possible. We must confront those who are anti-TTIP with facts so opening up the negotiating mandate will help allay many people’s concerns.”