Steel, sunset clause cloud NAFTA talks – Ms Chrystia Freeland of Canada

Reuters reported that Canadian Foreign Minister Ms Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s opposition to proposed US steel and aluminum tariffs due to come into force next week, as pressure mounted to seal a quick deal on updating NAFTA. 20160530_钢铁

Ms Freeland also told reporters that Canada remained against the US idea of introducing a “sunset clause” that would allow one of the three North American Free Trade Agreement members to quit the pact after five years.

US President Donald Trump unveiled the tariffs in March but suspended them for Canada and Mexico until May 1, citing the wish to see progress at the NAFTA talks.

Ms Freeland said before the latest session of high-level talks on the agreement that “Canada’s position has been clear from the outset and that is that Canada expects to have a full and permanent exemption from any quotas or tariffs.”

Regarding the proposed sunset clause, Ms Freeland said that “our view is that this is absolutely unnecessary, noting that the trade deal already contained a withdrawal mechanism.

Source : Reuters