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NAFTA rounds to last longer, plans in the works to negotiate past new year deadline, source says

NAFTA rounds to last longer, plans in the works to negotiate past new year deadline, source says
From CBC - October 17, 2017

North America Free Trade Agreement talks are now expected to blow past the new year deadline that the United Statesand Mexican negotiators had hoped they would be able to meet.

Schedulers are looking to book additional talks inFebruary 2018, while stretching the rounds of talks already planned.

A source with direct knowledge of the talks says the standard fivedays per round could be extended to seven,or even 10 days, depending on progress at the negotiating table.

Talks have been held at a hectic pace, scheduled approximately two weeks apart, since the U.S. and Mexico want negotiations wrapped up before 2018, when elections are scheduled in both countries.

The U.S. has midterm elections in the fall, while Mexico has a federal election next summer.

Creating additional rounds, and lengthening existing ones, is not expected to boost morale at the negotiating table.

The latest talks became increasinglydifficultafter the U.S. made protectionist demands that Canada and Mexico have said are "non-starters."

A number of American demands have crossed so-called red lines for Canada:

'They do not like what they are doing'

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