Adviser says US close to Mexico-only NAFTA deal, Canada unmoved

Adviser says US close to Mexico-only NAFTA deal, Canada unmoved

Trump admin official says that the US is ‘very, very close’ to signing a trade deal without Canada Texas Republican Kevin Brady, head of the influential House Ways and Means committee, says the two sides are "close enough" and Canada needs to "step it up" and get on board by joining the agreement in principle between Mexico and the U.S.

While multiple deadlines have been and gone during the more than year-long negotiations to renew NAFTA, pressure on Canada to agree to a deal is growing, partly to push it through Congress before Mexico’s new government takes office on December 1.

Washington reached a bilateral trade deal with Mexico in late August and is threatening to exclude Canada if need be.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland left Washington on Thursday after two days of bilateral talks with the United States failed to achieve a breakthrough.

"I would call that a pretty good deal", Freeland told Canada’s House of Commons.

Despite talk of animosity between the two US neighbours, Mexico made "very deep, very difficult" concessions on auto rules that have helped push talks forward, she says.

Canadian negotiators have said they will not be rushed and Trudeau reiterated on Sunday that he would not sign a bad NAFTA deal.Yussuff said a standoff over how to settle disputes was "a critical issue".Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, who was briefed on the talks by Canada’s negotiating team, said Ottawa insisted that the tariff threat be withdrawn.The uncompromising tone by Trump, who came to […]

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