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Brexit delay means time for Canada, Britain to craft trade deal: envoy

Brexit delay means time for Canada, Britain to craft trade deal: envoy
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OTTAWA -- Britain s envoy to Ottawa says the prolonged Brexit divorce from the European Union will give her country more time to forge a proper free-trade deal with Canada.

Britain is not legally allowed to engage in free trade negotiations until it has departed the EU, but High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d Allegeershecque says her country s top trade negotiator has been meeting regularly with Canada s to sketch out the broad strokes of a two-country deal.

Britain remains part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada as long as it is a member of the 28-country bloc.

Le Jeune d Allegeershecque says Canadian and British negotiators are aiming to replicate CETA as much as possible in a two-way pact.

The Halloween extension avoids a messy no-deal departure from the EU that was to occur Friday, which would have triggered immediate tariffs on trade with other members.
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