IBT- UK: The 12 countries involved with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have signed the historic trade deal, Japanese economy minister Akira Amari has told reporters on 5 October. The deal has been years in the making, but there remains staunch opposition to the agreement, not least of all from the US political spectrum.
The deal has been one of Barack Obama’s priorities in his final years as US president, and the agreement has played a significant role in the run up to the 2016 presidential elections. The Democrat is still facing a Republican majority in Congress, where even the support from his own party is weak. Debates in Congress about the TTP are expected to continue for months, and the pact will not be raised to congressmen and women until early 2016. more