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Canada claims Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal can be ‘even better’ than EU agreement

BRITAIN’S post-Brexit trade deal with Canada will be “even better” than the EU’s current agreement with them, according to the Canadian High Commissioner.

The Canadian High Commissioner, Janice Charette, said the UK and Canada could strike an “even better agreement” than what the country has in place with the EU.Canada has recently agreed a trade deal with the Europen Union which took seven years to negotiate and complete.

Ms Charette insisted the UK could complete a deal which would be “even better” than Canadian’s agreement with the bloc once Brexit is complete.

She told LBC: “What the Prime Minister has talked about is making sure we can continue to preserve what’s available to business under the current Canada-EU trade agreement and then once UK leaves EU we’d be in a position to talk about an enhanced trade relationship.

Theresa May and Janice CharetteLBC•GETTY

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with Canada can be even better than the Ceta agreement with the EU


“I don’t want to rule out the possibility that we can do even better with the UK in the future.

“Mr Trudeau said are already beginning the technical discussions, necessary to be able to understand how we would complete the deal. There is lots of work we can do in advance of Brexit.”

According to Ms Charette, Canada’s trading partnership with the UK is the largest in the EU.

I don’t want to rule out the possibility that we can do even better with the UK in the future

Janice Charette

The Prime Minister met with the Canadian Prime Minister earlier this month to discuss a future relationship post-Brexit.Before meeting Mr Trudeau, the Government said it was to discuss “cementing a strong trade and investment partnership”.

Canada’s deal with the EU, named the Ceta agreement, will eliminate 98 per cent of Canadian import duties.

Mr Trudeau said the Ceta agreement in place between the EU and Canada would be a good basis for a transitional deal but that the new agreement with the UK would include several “improvements.”

Speaking after his meeting with Mrs May earlier this month, he added: “As the UK has demonstrated time and time again its support for this trade measure, we will be able to move forward in a way that benefits in a smooth transition that keeps the essence of Ceta applicable to the UK in ways that will respect the EU’s requirements and rules.

Speaking after the meeting, Mrs May echoed Mr Trudeau’s comments, insisting the UK could create a “seamless transition” with Canada after Brexit.

“We want to ensure that when we leave the European Union, for businesses and people, that change is as smooth and orderly as possible,” she said.

“And working on Ceta as becoming the first of the bilateral trade relationships between the UK and Canada that means that seamless transition can take place.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/860555/Brexit-news-UK-Canada-EU-latest-trade-deal-Jean-Claude-Juncker-European-Union-video

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