WORLD Mexico ratifies modified N. American trade deal: official


Mexico ratifies modified N. American trade deal: official


08:59, December 13, 2019

The Mexican Senate ratified the modified North American free trade agreement with the United States and Canada on Thursday after more than two years of arduous negotiations.


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New additions introduced Tuesday to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) -- which notably toughen the deal's labor enforcement provisions -- were rubber stamped by 107 votes to one, making Mexico the first country to sign on.

The path to ratification for the other two countries, expected in early 2020, also looks clear for USMCA -- first signed in November 2018 to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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