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Chrystia Freeland: A lot can happen in 6 months after a notice of NAFTA withdrawal

Chrystia Freeland: A lot can happen in 6 months after a notice of NAFTA withdrawal
From Global News - January 14, 2018

A lot can happen in six months, maintained Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland this weekend when she was asked about increasing fears that U.S. President Donald Trump will pull the plug on NAFTA.

Speaking to The West Blocks Vassy Kapelos following a cabinet retreat in London, Ont., Freeland said repeatedly that Canada is still hoping for a successful renegotiation of the trade agreement.

But if Trump invokes Article 2205 of the agreement,providing the required six-month notice of withdrawal from the deal, Freeland said thats not necessarily the end of the line.

I think there is a lot of uncertainty about what would happen in that six-month period, Freeland said.

This would be the first time that the U.S. has actually withdrawn from a free-trade agreement, so there is a lot of uncertainty about what would actually happen.


There has been significant debate over whether Trump could follow through, for example, without support from Congress. Canada is preparing for every possible outcome, Freeland maintained.

I think its our responsibility as a government to take (Trumps) statements very seriously and to be prepared for every eventuality, which we are.

But the U.S. president has seemingly shifted his tone once again in recent days, telling the Wall Street Journal last Thursday that hed be willing to put off making any decisions until after Mexicos summer election.

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