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USA, Canada, Germany, WTO reassure UK and discuss trade deals

Barack Obama (file photo)

After 23 June’s historic referendum, Britain has become divided and uncertain about her future. Britons around the country are not sure what happens now, indeed so are many European leaders and politicians.

However, the United States, Canada, and Germany all now appear to be trying to move forward. US President Barack Obama said the UK and EU remain “indispensable partners” of the US, and the United Kingdom’s “special relationship” has not changed and will continue.

“The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of US foreign, security and economic policy.

“The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world,” said Mr. Obama.

Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%
Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%

A German government paper, written in coordination with the European Union, recommended making the UK an “associated partner country,” and said the UK needed to be “treated with respect” after the Leave vote won by a 1.26 million majority. It goes on to say there must be “constructive exit negotiations” and claims Germany’s EU contributions will go up by nearly €4 billion per year.

Roberto Azevedo, director-general of the World World Trade Organisation (WTO), said: “The WTO stands ready to work with the UK and the EU to assist them in any way we can.”

European political leaders are worried about trade with the UK. Giving the UK a good deal might result in other eurosceptic nations wanting to hold their own referendums, but not giving enough of a good deal is likely to result in job losses throughout Europe. There is very strong anti-EU sentiment in France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, and Hungary – something which makes negotiations harder for those countries.

Germany’s CBI, an influential business group, has warned the German government that tariffs on trade will result in the loss of thousands of German jobs – something Angela Merkel is worried about after latest polls showed 40% of Germans want to leave the EU.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “The UK and the EU are important strategic partners for Canada with whom we enjoy deep historical ties and common values. We will continue to build relations with both parties as they forge a new relationship.

“Canada’s connections to our partners around the world are among its greatest assets, and these relationships contribute greatly to the prosperity of all Canadians.”

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