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Six months after it was announced,

Canada's free-trade agreement with

European Union still has a long way

to go. Industry sources now suggest

implementation is possibly as much as

two years away.

It is understood that while Canada and

the EU have reached an agreement on all

key issues, there is remaining technical

work needed to finalise the text of the


trade agreement

Deal agreed but final wording still to be decided

agreement. The delay is raising concerns

that the pact will run into difficulties as

time goes on.

The deal, when it is finally agreed, is

expected to benefit the UK economy

and businesses by over £1.3 billion a

year. Businesses in the UK stand to

benefit significantly from this as the UK is

Canada's second biggest trading partner

in the world, behind the USA. Estimates


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