CETA could provide a blueprint for a Canada-UK deal, Justin Trudeau suggested
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the landmark CETA deal between the EU and his country will be a “blueprint” for future agreements.
He also said the EU-Canada deal could make future deals easier – with Brexiteers saying this will pave the way for a Ottawa-London trade deal.
He said: "If we are successful, CETA will become the blueprint for all ambitious, future trade deals.
As the United Kingdom seeks new trading arrangements around the world, Justin Trudeau has reinforced the optimism of Brexiteers
Jayne Adye, Director of Get Britain Out
“If we are not, this could very well be the last. So make no mistake, this is an important moment for us.”
The CETA deal, which has been eight years in the making, cleared its final hurdle last night and will see the removal of import duties.
Jayne Adye, Director of cross-party campaign group Get Britain Out, said: “As the United Kingdom seeks new trading arrangements around the world, Justin Trudeau has reinforced the optimism of Brexiteers.
“Comprehensive free trade deals are absolutely available to Britain from around the globe, as we leave the EU, and Canada is one of the many countries which has already indicated interest in a Free Trade Agreement with Britain post-Brexit.
“When we leave the EU, we will be able to build upon the blueprint of CETA and agree an even more comprehensive, mutually-beneficial deal truly tailored to Britain and Canada.
“Outside the straitjacket of the EU’s Customs Union, we will be free to negotiate trade deals for ourselves, instead of having to accept a compromise watered down by special interests on the other side of Europe.
“This will also allow us to conclude deals quickly, and avoid a repeat of the ludicrous scenario where CETA was delayed by regional lawmakers in Belgium.”
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Justin Trudeau has reinforced the optimism of Brexiteers
The Canadian PM said: "CETA will become the blueprint for all ambitious, future trade deals."
Supporters say CETA will increase Canada-EU trade by 20 per cent and boost the EU economy by €12billion and Canada's by $12billion annually.
Mr Trudeau went on the charm-offensive as he hailed the EU a "truly remarkable achievement" after Brussels politicians sealed the deal.
Speaking to the European Parliament, Mr Trudeau said the 28-nation bloc had a crucial global role to play.
The CETA deal has faced opposition within the European Parliament
Mr Trudeau said: "Hopefully this spring the vast majority of the provisions of CETA are going to start impacting small business, workers, consumers.
“People will immediately begin to see the tangible benefits that come from trade deals such as this one."
The agreement comes after EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström admitted the bloc wants a similar deal with Britain.
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Continued cooperation with the EU to tackle terrorism and international crime.
Brexiteers have supported a focus on reviving trade with former British colonies, including Canada.
International trade secretary Liam Fox said the alliance between Britain, Canada and the US can be the cornerstone of liberty and free trade for the world.
In a major speech in Toronto last month, Dr Fox said it was time for Britain to “reforge” its relations with Canada.