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· Britain is determined to reach trade deal with Canada before year-end
· Britain is not pinning all hopes on U.S. trade deal, says minister
Britain is determined to reach trade deal with Canada before year-end
Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Kate Holton, Reuters
Nov 19, 2020
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is determined to reach a trade deal with Canada before the end of the year, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday, underlining that after securing a continuity agreement the two countries could go much further.
Britain is negotiating several bilateral trade deals to come into force once it exits a transition arrangement with the European Union at the end of this year, and many of them would simply replace the terms the bloc had already agreed.
After leaving the EU in January, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to shape a “global Britain” that can strike out alone and negotiate better agreements than the bloc. But so far, his critics point out, the deals are largely the same.
Asked in parliament about how the talks with Canada were progressing, Truss said: “We’re determined to reach a deal with Canada before the end of the year.”
“What we’re negotiating at the moment is the vital continuity agreement but I do hope that in the future, as Canada is a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...
Britain is not pinning all hopes on U.S. trade deal, says minister
Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Paul Sandle, Reuters
Nov 19, 2020
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is by no means pinning all of its hopes on a trade deal with the United States to the detriment of securing agreements with other countries, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday.
Asked if she believed that Britain had overly focused on getting a deal with U.S. President Donald Trump and by doing so had put other countries too far down the queue, Truss said: “By no means...