Theresa May to travel to Canada to prepare post-Brexit trade deal

Theresa May to travel to Canada to prepare post-Brexit trade deal

The Prime Minister will lay the foundations for a deal after the UK departs

Monday, September 18, 2017

Theresa May is to travel to Canada to work on creating a post-Brexit trade deal.

A new trade deal between Canada and the European Union is to come into operation on September 21.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) took seven years to plan and negotiate, and has been described as “a significant boon” for UK exporters.

When the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, it will also leave this agreement, so the Prime Minister is traveling to the country to discuss the foundations of a new agreement in the wake of the departure.

May is reportedly going to use CETA as an example to agree a swift consensus over a trade deal post-Brexit.

She is expected to agree the establishment of a new group with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to prepare foundations for the deal.

The Prime Minister called the UK and Canada “a powerful union”, as both countries had ambitions to lead on the world stage and respected free trade.