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CETA Ratification by the EU: Faraway, So Close!

October 12, 2016 - by Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa 

On October 27th, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his European Union counterparts are expected to sign, at a summit in Brussels, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which they began negotiating seven years ago. With those signatures, the treaty would then come into force provisionally (meaning about 90-95% of it would apply) sometime in 2017 and firms on both sides of the Atlantic would be able to begin taking advantage of the benefits offered by the agreement. 

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Hard Brexit or Avoidance?

October 5th, 2016 - by Amy Verdun, University of Victoria

Last weekend Prime Minister May has announced that the UK is prepared to launch the country's exit from the EU. How are we to interpret May's vision of Brexit with a view to the UK's overall stand towards the rest of continental Europe?  - Dr Amy Verdun is an expert in European Politics, she has an extensive record in media outreach and is available for interviews.

"As Theresa May announced her vision of "Brexit-means-brexit" to the Conservative Party on the weekend, the pound has started falling again. Many observers relate the recent weakness of the United Kingdom (UK) currency as yet another example that 'politics is trumping economics' in that country. What are the implications of the current UK government's stance towards Brexit? Is the UK really moving further away from the rest of the European Continent or is all this to be interpreted as yet another step in what has been seen to be a very difficult domestic political quagmire."

Dr. Amy Verdun is Professor in Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is also part of a pan-Canada network of experts working on European policy issues, the Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue

 

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