NAFTA: Lighthizer hints Mexico pact may need to be reopened if delayed

NAFTA: Lighthizer hints Mexico pact may need to be reopened if delayed

Canada is running out of time on trilateral NAFTA deal, warns U.S. trade chief Lighthizer He covers US politics and current affairs. "If not, we’ll have to do it in a separate deal, as soon afterward as we can", he told an official from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at an event in New York City .

"America is governed by Americans".

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there was some "distance" between the two sides on issues such as access to Canada’s dairy market and how best to settle trade disputes.

Speaking to the United Nations, U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated his hard line on trade and deficits.

Trump himself has suggested that he might simply abandon talks with Canada if Canada did not join the agreement with Mexico.

If a three-way deal isn’t reached soon, the US will break up the world’s largest free-trade zone and instead pursue separate bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico, Mr. Lighthizer during the rare public appearance.

"The fact is, Canada is not making concessions in areas where we think they’re essential", Lighthizer said. "Hopefully we’ll end up with something with Canada". However, if anything that might add more pressure on the USA, which has squeezed a good deal out of Mexico.The US and Canada are basically out of time to iron out their differences in a trade agreement before the Sept 30 deadline to have a completed full text. Washington and Mexico City want to finalize the deal by November 30, before current Mexican President Enrique Pena […]

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