A former senior adviser to the Canadian Minister of Trade has stated that the UK will remain a dynamic global player after Brexit and Canada will be keen to strike a trade deal immediately once Britain leaves the 28 member bloc in March 2019.
Adam Taylor, who assisted with the creation of the Canada-European Union comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA), emphasized that trade between the UK and Canada will be essential after Brexit due to a third of Canadian exports to the European Union ending up in the UK.
Speaking with Sky News in the UK, Taylor stated:
“Our biggest market in Europe has always been the UK and I think it is going to have to continue to be for the foreseeable future, and that is why Canada is going to be a willing partner to do a free trade deal with the UK.”
“It’s in Canada’s best interests to try and negotiate a favourable arrangement with the UK”, he concluded.
Taylor’s comments come after the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Canada, Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, confirmed informal talks between the British and Canadian governments were underway that could lead to a free trade deal in as little as a year.
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Many MPs in Canada, and recently the Conservative Party of Canada, have also indicated that free movement for CANZUK citizens would likely be implemented with any upcoming trade deal.
Support for trade and reciprocal migration between the CANZUK countries has also been encouraged by Ministers in Australia and New Zealand, using the current Closer Economic Relations trade agreement and the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement as templates for closer diplomatic ties between the four countries.
CANZUK International will continue to advocate for trade and migration agreements between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as part of any post-Brexit negotiations, and will aim to secure such arrangements as quickly as possible between the four governments.
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