31st October 2016
Responding to the news that the CETA EU-Canada trade deal has finally been signed, the South West MEP Ashley Fox said: "CETA is one of the highest quality agreements ever negotiated, with a country that has values and standards very similar to our own.”
“This agreement sees the scrapping and reducing of many tariffs facing the farming and fishing industry in the south west and it opens up many new trade opportunities for these sectors.”
The deal had been held up by the Walloon regional government in Belgium. Mr Fox added, "Finally, the Walloon parliament has backed down and, in true European fashion, found a deal at one minute past midnight. We all need to learn the lessons from this debacle, not least that it is incumbent on all supporters of open trade to go out and make a positive case for the benefits of it."