Trudeau is worried about the future of NAFTA

News 8 February, 2018
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    Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:42

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    CHICAGO | The canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau reiterated Wednesday during a visit to the United States that his country was ready to withdraw from the free trade Agreement north american (NAFTA) if renegotiations with current not provided not on a satisfactory agreement for the Canadians.

    “We have legitimate concerns about the future of the NAFTA, because the president (editor’s NOTE american) said that this was not a good thing”, has detailed Justin Trudeau at the University of Chicago.

    “It might be better for Canada that there is no agreement than a bad agreement,” he said in Chicago, the first step of a journey that will take him also to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    These remarks come after a new round of negotiations between the United States, Mexico and Canada to Montreal for redefining this trade agreement in force since 1994 and, in particular, is classed as “very poor joke” by Donald Trump.

    The us president has already threatened to withdraw the United States from NAFTA, but the latest discussion between the three countries finished on the 29th of January on an optimistic note, the us Trade representative Robert Lighthizer, stressing that “some progress had been made”.

    The prime minister stressed, however, the benefits of the free trade Agreement north american economies of the usa and canada. “Our economies have prospered during the past 25 years,” he repeated.

    The discussions between the three countries have so far blocked between other on an american proposal deemed unacceptable both by Canada and by Mexico, the introduction of a clause “twilight” (“Sunset” in English) to repeal NAFTA after five years.

    “We have profound doubts about everything which adds to the uncertainty, as a clause of twilight by example,” said Mr. Trudeau.

    The next round of negotiations on the NAFTA should be held in late February in Mexico.