The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that the government of Canada are likely to conclude a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK in the coming weeks, with the aim of eliminating tariffs and other trade barriers between the countries.
The Canadian government have insisted negotiations with London would not be delayed via the same complexities as the EU-UK talks, and an agreement based on the EU’s trade pact with Ottawa could be concluded with the British government in the coming weeks.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, claimed work was already underway to ensure an agreement is in place before the end of the year:
“There have been many discussions over the past years between myself and Prime Minister Johnson on a rollover of the CETA between Canada and the European Union to be the basis for Canada-UK free-trade that would allow certainty for Canadian and British companies going into the future,” he said during a virtual news conference.
“I think you’ve heard that there are significant complexities that the UK is grappling with in terms of negotiating the post-Brexit agreement with the European Union. I can highlight that it’s fairly straightforward with Canada and we are certainly very optimistic in the ability to see things roll over smoothly.”
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The announcement from the Canadian government comes after the UK and Australia recently confirmed that talks will prioritize freer movement for citizens, including provisions regarding the removal of tariffs for numerous commodities and services.
Although the Canadian government have made little reference to reciprocal labour mobility with the UK, there is potential that visa liberalization could be negotiated between the countries given the level of public support for CANZUK across Canada, currently estimated at 76%.
“The UK is engaged in many different negotiations right now, but Canada is certainly there to ensure this certainty that can be given to British companies, at least with Canada, as other things are worked out in a more complex way,” said Trudeau.
CANZUK International welcomes the announcement from the Canadian government and will continue to work with Canadian MPs to ensure that an upcoming Canada-UK trade deal includes provisions regarding visa liberalization for citizens.
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