Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his confidence in the British Government’s ability to a trade deal with Canada the day after the UK leaves the European Union.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Trudeau said that he was keen to pursue stronger trade links with the UK, saying he believes that an agreement between the UK and Canada will “flip over the day after Brexit.”
Stressing the importance of the relationship, Mr Trudeau said that:
“We’re very happy with our trade with Britain, it’s our largest trading partner in the European Union and we’ll look to make sure there’s continuity.
He said arrangements have been in the works for an extended period of time and said that he sat down with Prime Minister Theresa May 6 months ago to ensure that the transition would be “as smooth as it can be.”
Canada and the European Union took eight years to negotiate a trade deal Asked whether a new trade deal with the UK will be “faster and better” than the deal with the European Union, he said that “we will have that deal that was worked through indeed for eight years so we have that as a groundwork.”
Closer cooperation and growing trade between Canada & the UK will create jobs & opportunities for people in both our countries. Thanks to Prime Minister @theresa_may for the meeting today. pic.twitter.com/4a2SzTEPPp
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 18 April 2018
In terms of what a deal would look like between the UK and Canada, The Canadian Prime Minister said that he wanted to use the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) as a base. But he would like to “go further” saying that “there will be things in Ceta that are no longer as necessary between Canada and the UK and there’d be other areas where we would be interested in going further.”
Mr Trudeau’s confidence in the British Government is a strong sign of things to come for Post-Brexit Britain. It also highlights that clearly work is going on behind the scenes that will ensure that Britain will remain in a strong position when it leaves the European Union.