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Government needs to accept that CETA is “dead in the water” - Carthy

21 October, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on the Irish Government to drop its campaign in favour the “toxic” Canadian-EU (CETA) trade agreement.

His call follows comments today by Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland that CETA negotiations had failed following rejection of the deal by the Walloon Parliament.

The southern region of Belgium blocked the agreement on Thursday meaning Belgium and the EU cannot sign it.

Matt Carthy said:

“I commend the Parliament of Walloon in rejecting this toxic deal.

"This is further evidence that CETA and TTIP have no popular support and shows what can happen when even small nations or regions are given a democratic say on the issue.

“CETA, like TTIP, is bad deal which would have serious negative implications for Irish farmers, workers and consumers.

“Through its provision for an Investment Court, it will undermine Irish democracy and our judicial system.

“The Seanad has already voted to reject CETA.

“Today's comments by the Canadian Trade Minister mean that CETA is dead in the water and the Fine Gael-led Government needs to face up to this and stop being cheerleaders for it."

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