Newspaper article The Canadian Press

British PM, Trudeau Say Canada-EU Trade Deal a 'Basis' for New Bilateral Talks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

British PM, Trudeau Say Canada-EU Trade Deal a 'Basis' for New Bilateral Talks

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Canada, U.K. using CETA as new trade model

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OTTAWA - Those feeling anxious about the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the rest of the world could use a little predictability, and both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May say Canada can help.

The two countries are working towards a new bilateral free trade deal to take effect after the U.K. achieves its so-called Brexit from the European Union, the two world leaders revealed Monday after a morning of meetings in Ottawa.

What's more, they said, the template for that deal would be the long-heralded Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, between Canada and the EU that comes largely into effect this week.

"There is no question that CETA, which eliminates well over 90 per cent of all barriers to trade between Canada and the European Union ... will make an excellent basis for ensuring a smooth transition in a post-Brexit world," Trudeau told a joint news conference.

"After that, there will obviously be opportunities for us to look at particular details that could be improved upon for the specific needs and opportunities in the bilateral relationship between the U.K. and Canada.

"But as a strong basis for a smooth transition, CETA is perfectly designed, and will be able to ensure -- for investors, for companies and for workers and consumers -- a smooth transition."

The British prime minister agreed that using the Canada-EU agreement as the basis for a forthcoming new bilateral deal makes sense for everyone.

"We want to ensure that for businesses and individuals, that there is as smooth a changeover, when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, as possible; we want to see as little disruption to economies and to people's lives," said May.

"That's why we believe it makes sense to take the trade agreement -- which the U. …

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