Newspaper article The Canadian Press

May Reaffirms UK's Post-Brexit Support for Canada-EU Trade Deal: Freeland

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

May Reaffirms UK's Post-Brexit Support for Canada-EU Trade Deal: Freeland

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May reaffirms UK's support for Canada-EU pact

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HANGZHOU, China - International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says British Prime Minister Theresa May has reaffirmed her government's post-Brexit support for Canada's free trade deal with the European Union.

The UK government expressed support for the still-unsigned agreement, also known as CETA, despite the country's referendum decision to leave the 28-country bloc.

Freeland says May made the remarks Sunday in a brief meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Hangzhou, China.

Trudeau and his delegation have been using the G20 as a venue to attempt to frame the contentious Canada-EU trade deal as a progressive pact.

The accord is facing opposition among some centre-left groups in Europe, including in Germany, amid concerns it favours multinational corporations and will fail to create jobs. …

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