Canada: NAFTA stalemate looms

The fifth round of NAFTA negotiations has closed in Mexico, with negotiators yet to reach an agreement. While some progress was made on more innocuous areas, the key points of contention remain unresolved, with just two rounds of negotiations left. Mexican officials have indicated that if US President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to begin exiting NAFTA they will refuse further negotiation and allow the US to withdraw completely, rather than negotiating under pressure.

In the words of one anonymous Mexican official, “We would all lose. But the US would lose more”. While Canada has not drawn such a line in the sand, they are still resisting US pressure. According to Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, “There are some areas where more extreme (US) proposals have been put forward. These are proposals we simply cannot agree to.”

"Mexican officials have indicated that, if U.S President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to begin exiting NAFTA, they would refuse further negotiation and allow the US to withdraw completely, rather than negotiating under pressure."
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