Canada and the United Kingdom reach a trade agreement before Brexit

The trade agreement between the two countries is essentially a continuation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that included Canada and Great Britain, but the part between Canada and the United Kingdom would have expired when Brexit went into effect.

Canada and the United Kingdom agreed on a new provisional trade agreement on Saturday prior to the Brexit deadline of December 31. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, made the announcement at the beginning of the virtual G20 summit.

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The trade agreement between the two countries is essentially a continuation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that included Canada and Great Britain, but the part between Canada and the United Kingdom would have expired when Brexit went into effect.

Trudeau said the new agreement gives the two countries time to reach a more detailed agreement. “Now we can continue to work on a tailored (custom) agreement, a comprehensive agreement for years to come that will really maximize our business opportunities and make things better for everyone,” Trudeau said.

Johnson tweeted his enthusiasm for the “fantastic trade deal” keeping the Canadian market open for the UK. “British companies export everything from electric cars to sparkling wine to Canada, and today’s agreement will ensure that trade goes from strength to strength.”

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Called the Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement, the agreement ensures that no tariffs will be applied to 98% of the goods traded between the two nations. Trade between the two totaled CAN 29 billion in 2019.

“We knew that having an interim agreement would be crucial to ensure that businesses, exporters and our workers on both sides of the Atlantic have the continuity and predictability they need,” said Canadian International Trade Minister Mary Ng. “This business continuity agreement between Canada and the United Kingdom ensures that we maintain our strong and mutually beneficial business relationship.”

The agreement must be approved by both countries and in Canada, which means that it must be approved in Parliament. Canadian opposition politicians have complained that there is not enough time to study all the provisions of the agreement in detail before the traditional holiday.

Brexit, an endless nightmare

Brexit negotiating teams are already playing overtime. Although there is significant progress in reaching an agreement, there are still several gaps on issues that are key for both the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom. The points of disagreement remain the same: the fisheries, the governance of the agreement and the non-regression clauses.

This time the delay is due to the change to virtuality, which has delayed the negotiations. And it is that a chief negotiator of the European Commission tested positive for coronavirus. But not all the delays are due to the pandemic. In addition to the desire to close the trade agreement, MEPs want to analyze the text in committee and then vote on it. This requires a translation into the 24 official languages ​​of the EU.

The text was due to be ready in October, as ratification by Westminster and the European Parliament is required. Time is running out, as the transition period will run until December 31.


Canada and GB close post-Brexit trade deal – World

London. The United Kingdom and Canada closed a provisional post-Brexit trade agreement on Saturday that will maintain, from January 1, 2021, the same bilateral relationship that they had while London benefited from being a member of the EU, the British Ministry of International Trade said.

“During a video call today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with International Trade Minister Liz Truss and her Canadian counterpart Mary Ng, reached an ‘agreement in principle’ that extends the current trade agreement between the EU and Canada “, indicated the British ministry.

“The agreement reaffirms the commercial exchange of a value of 20,000 million pounds (26,000 million dollars) and guarantees the security of thousands of jobs,” said Minister Liz Truss, who recalled the historical and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and its “friends and allies of Canada”.

“It is a fantastic agreement for the United Kingdom, which guarantees transatlantic trade with one of our closest allies,” said Boris Johnson, who said he hoped that this would “strengthen” British exports to Canada.

On the Canadian side, the government welcomed the maintenance of “preferential access to the British market”, which is the most important for that country in Europe.

The text, not yet officially signed, will nevertheless be provisional, as both parties plan to negotiate next year to “conclude a new, more ambitious agreement,” said the British minister.

This “personalized” agreement will allow, according to the statement, to go further “in sectors such as digital commerce, the environment and the economic valorization of women.”

For now, British companies escape with this provisional agreement some entry fees in the Canadian market that would have meant 42 million pounds (55 million dollars), according to the Ministry of International Trade.

The UK and the European Union remain mired in their post-Brexit negotiation. An agreement between both parties must be sealed and ratified before December 31.


Britain and Canada agree post-Brexit rollover trade deal

LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) – Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal on Saturday to protect the flow of $27 billion-worth (£20.32 billion) of goods and services between them after Brexit, and vowed to start talks on a bespoke agreement next year.

As Britain prepares to end its transition out of the European Union on Dec. 31, it has negotiated multiple rollover bilateral deals to maintain trade, with many simply replacing the terms the bloc had already agreed.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined Canada’s Justin Trudeau and their respective trade ministers on an online call to mark the deal, which paves the way for a tailor-made agreement covering more areas such as digital trade, small businesses, the environment and women’s economic empowerment.

“Today’s agreement underpins 20 billion pounds worth of trade and locks in certainty for thousands of jobs,” Liz Truss, the UK’s international trade secretary, said in a statement.

Her Canadian counterpart Mary Ng said the transitional agreement “largely replicates” the EU deal on tariff reductions and provisions for labour and environment.

“We do want an ambitious, high level comprehensive trade agreement with the UK,” Ng said, signalling Canada wanted similar terms to the EU deal.

The Canadian Parliament must approve legislation that would enable the deal to come into effect.

Britain is Canada’s fifth largest trading partner after the United States, China, Mexico and Japan.

Johnson is trying to shape a new “global Britain” that can strike out alone and negotiate better trade agreements than the EU as part of what he says is the benefits of its historic decision to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc.

In less than two years it has agreed trade deals with 53 countries, accounting for 164 billion pounds ($217.82 billion) of British bilateral trade. Johnson’s critics point out that many are largely the same as the EU deals.

The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement will be subject to final legal checks before it is formally signed. “This is a good moment,” Trudeau said.

Editing by Mark Potter, Mike Harrison and Diane Craft


Great Britain signs trade agreement with Canada

British Prime Minister Johnson and Canadian Head of State Trudeau

In October, Great Britain launched an agreement with Japan.

(Photo: dpa)

London Britain has signed a preliminary trade agreement with Canada. The agreement signed on Saturday paves the way for future negotiations on a new, adapted agreement between the two countries, the British government said.

“This is a fantastic deal for Britain, which will secure transatlantic trade with one of our closest allies,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “British companies export everything from electric cars to sparkling wine to Canada, and today’s deal will see the trade move from strength to strength.”

Great Britain continues to trade with other countries within the European Union after withdrawing from the EU in January. The transition phase is expected to end on December 31st.

Without new bilateral trade deals, trade with countries could be affected by tariffs and bureaucracy. The provisional deal with Canada is the UK’s second major trade deal after Brexit. Britain signed a free trade agreement with Japan in October.

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▷ WoW Shadowlands: Syvanas and Blizzard’s intentions

With the launch of WoW: Shadowlands just around the corner, in this video David Caballero, editor-in-chief of Gamereactor Spain, interviews Patrick Dawson, Production Manager, and Sarah Verrall, Senior Level Designer, about the many new features of the MMORPG eternal. Here is the full transcript of the conversation.

★ Gamereactor: Today we will talk about one of the most important launches of the Christmas campaign for PC that is already around the corner, and I am referring to Shadowlands, obviously, the new Blizzard expansion for World of Warcraft that comes to the market on November 24, after having suffered a slight delay. Many thanks to both Patrick and Sara for being here today; our first question is for you, Patrick: Since you’ve had a little more time due to the delay, what can players expect? Have you been finishing it up or fixing some last minute bugs?

Patrick: Yeah sure, let’s talk about it. You already know that delaying a title is not an easy decision to make, we always like that players can enjoy new content as soon as possible. However, when we tested the final version and after having listened to the opinions of the community we realized that there were a few things that were not exactly as we wanted, and it is very important that we solve this issue, because in the case of the Pacts , for example, these are very important decisions and we want to make sure that the four options are well balanced and that they end up rewarding you and putting you fully into the game so that nobody will think that we have not made an effort to they. We have been working very hard in these Pacts and also in the Maw area so that it is dangerous but also attracts attention so that the players jump to conquer it. We have also been working hard on the new areas for the final version of the title, and I think that when you can enjoy the new stories from November 24, you will have no doubt that the wait will be worth it.

★ You mentioned a couple of things that we also wanted to ask you about, the Pacts and the feedback you have received from the community to date. With Patch 9.0 you completely redesigned the level system of the title, how did players take this change?

Patrick: The level system issue is something that we already had in mind, especially so that new players would not be overwhelmed by seeing that there are 120 levels added to the 16 years that the title has been on the market, so we wanted to give them For these players, a different and new experience, the End of Exile, where you learn the basic mechanics of World of Warcraft and, at the end of it, instead of having to play small pieces of all the expansions, we wanted them to only focus on one, in Battle for Azeroth, in which they will go up to level 50. Also, having fewer levels to play makes them more marked, and so they can also discover more about the classes and how they work in order to be prepared for launch from Shadowlands on the 24th.

★ And what can you tell us about the Pacts? Maybe Sarah can tell us more in depth about how they will work.

Sarah: The Pacts are basically a representation of the four cultures of the Shadowlands, so we have the Kyrian, who are the citizens of Bastion, then the Venthyr of Revendreth, the Pact of Maldraxxus and finally the Pact of Ardenweald. Each of them is part of the plot and you learn more about them as you visit their areas, you also discover what is cooked in these places and who are the members of each of the Pacts, and in the process you are shown the skills that you offer each of the four by choosing one to join. So, finally, you will have to choose which Pact you join, and it is a choice that we want players to think well, since it is something that you are a part of and that identifies your character, and this choice will be based on what that you learn about the area and its culture, the skills that you have been testing, the modifications of pieces of each Pact, also the plots for the maximum level players who want to know more about the Pacts or the individuals with whom you come across by the path that will help you improve your character. There are also very cool events in each of the four elections, for example, if you choose Ardenweald you can work at the Queen’s Conservatory and grow your own plants, they are little things of this style. On the other hand, if you choose the one in Venthyr, you can throw a party and immerse yourself in that gothic and romantic world so typical of vampires and invite other characters from this culture to the party. I think players are going to really enjoy the experience as it is very broad and allows them to make a lot of important decisions that are different from anyone else.

★ It seems something very broad, yes. Since you have talked about the plot and the universe of the saga, let’s talk a little about Sylvanas. Are we at the end of his narrative arc? Who are your allies?

Sarah: Sylvanas is a character that some people like more and others less, she has that gray tone that divides people’s opinions, and everyone is impatient to see what happens to her. What do you expect? Why have you made some decisions and not others? Who are your allies? Finding out what plot in Shadowlands and how their decisions influence the title is an adventure in which we are looking forward to embarking with the players, and the truth is that I am biting my nails to see what the reaction of the community will be when they discover everything.

★ If it turns bad it would be a terrible thing, go. Do you think we can see the Alliance being the bad guys in the story not long from now?

Patrick: Are you sure it gets bad? Or is it that it has been from the beginning? What motivates you or what are your reasons for doing what you do? It’s hard to answer all of this without knowing what’s on your mind, but we’ll find out in Shadowlands. What Sylvanas has done is bring us to this area that, although it is a sinister place that we do not know, also gives us the opportunity to explore it and meet other characters and their stories to discover what it is that it intends and who are the good guys and the bad. But things do not have to be so polarized, maybe there is a space in the middle of both ends, that gray hue that we talk about, and we may see more on this topic throughout history.

★ What kinds of objects will players be able to find while exploring this new world? Will there be new legendary items just like in the other expansions?

Sarah: Yes, of course. One of the most important novelties is Torghast, the new experience that maximum level players can enjoy as many times as they want alone or in a group of five, and, while they are inside the tower, they will find materials that will allow them to make their own own legendary items. This is where the mysterious figure of the Rune Engraver appears, to which if you bring pieces created by the players themselves, such as armor or jewelry, it gives you the option to choose the kind of legendary object you want to make through what it discovers about your shares in Torghast. I think the players will love this, because it will be something very personal to each one, plus they will be able to enjoy Torghast as they explore it from top to bottom and find these materials that will make the experience of each one different from each other. In the end, they will leave the area with items that will improve their gaming experience in raids, in pvp, etc.

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★ You mentioned the raids, so I have to ask you about Nathria Castle. What kinds of challenges will players face in it?

Patrick: Nathria Castle is an incursion that, personally, makes me very excited, since I really like the Gothic world, its art and that atmosphere typical of castles, in addition to the fact that the history of the incursion will allow us to discover what Sire Denathrius intends and why we have to fight him and the minions that protect him. There are many more things about the raid that we have been testing in the Public Test Realm, such as destroyed areas or battles that start in one area and end in another, we have tried to add very new things so that players feel that when it comes to raiding These are very varied and different from each other. The truth is that we are hoping that everyone can see it once the season begins.

★ Many thanks to both of you for the interview, we can’t wait to enjoy Shadowlands from November 24th. All good!

Patrick & Sarah: anyway! Thanks to you too!


Trump and Xi will coincide in virtual Asia-Pacific summit on the world economy

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit of Asia-Pacific leaders on Friday to discuss the coronavirus and global economic recovery, and it is Lingering trade differences are likely to cloud the meeting.

An advertisement displays the flags of the United States and Papua New Guinea one day after the end of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, November 19, 2018. REUTERS / David Gray

Both leaders will lead the meeting of the leaders of the 21 nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, organized by Malaysia, just two weeks after Trump lost the US elections.

Asia-Pacific leaders have called for more open and multilateral trade to support economic recovery, and have warned against protectionist trade policies.

After coming to power in 2017, Trump slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

At the last APEC summit, in 2018, member countries failed to agree on a joint statement for the first time in the bloc’s history, as the United States and China disagreed on trade and investment.

In the run-up to Friday’s meeting, several APEC leaders warned against protectionism as the world grapples with the economic impact of the new coronavirus.

“As we face the greatest economic challenge of this generation, we must not repeat the mistakes of history by backtracking into protectionism,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during her remarks at the APEC CEO Dialogues on Friday.

“APEC must continue to commit to keeping markets open and trade flowing.”

Xi, for his part, said Thursday that “increasing unilateralism, protectionism and intimidation, as well as the backlash against economic globalization” had increased risks and uncertainties in the world economy.

The president noted that China will remain committed to multilateralism, openness and cooperation.

Other leaders from the Asia-Pacific region have also expressed hope that the Joe Biden administration will support multilateral trade.

Japan aims to expand the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday, which could satisfy the interest of China and the United Kingdom to join the agreement.

Information from Rozanna Latiff and A. Ananthalakshmi; additional information from Kiyoshi Takenaka and Ju-min Park in Tokyo; edited by Sam Holmes; translation by Jorge Martínez


The sacrifice that Marcelo Flores made to reach Arsenal | International Soccer

ÁLVARO CRUZ SANTIBÁÑEZNovember 18, 2020 – 14:51

The path of Marcelo Flores to become one of the 20 best youth prospects in English football (according to an English publication), has a key point that led to the most complicated family decision. Ruben Flores, his father, highlighted the job he has today at Arsenal, while Tatiana and Silvana are consolidated in Chelsea.

” The sacrifice. Canada gave them everything, they lacked nothing. In England they had nothing, they came from scratch and they have to sacrifice vacations, several things, because in England they have games even on winter vacations ”, he related in a webinar.

Marcelo play with the Sub 18 of Arsenal and he has already trained twice with the first Gunner team. He is selected youth of the Tri and stands out for its ability. Silvana plays in Chelsea and with the Mexican Under 17 she was runner-up in Uruguay 2018. Tatiana was already selected by England Sub 16 and captain in a match. His father fills with pride.

“They are always playing soccer, learning about soccer, they read social networks to learn more. They passionately live the sport they play and love it. Yes Silvana going to the world cup in two years, Marcelo and Tatiana raise their expectations and level in their teams, I can feel proud that the sacrifice was worth it ”.

Goal by Marcelo Flores with Arsenal Sub 18

The father of the three talented footballers ruled out that his daughters wear the Canada jersey, however, he said that Silvana has already chosen Mexico, while Tatiana tests with England. Marcelo Flores placeholder image has not made a decision, because they have not closed the doors to Canada.

“Right now he plays for Mexico, has participated in international games, camps and is with Mexico. Canada has already looked for it, we are in contact, pending what they do. I told him that the decision he makes should be based on what he feels, not on what others say, “he concluded.

Eye Tri! England wants to rob one of the Flores brothers


Censorship in the White House

Donald Trump he is not limiting himself only to propagating urbi et orbe that the elections that will remove him from power are fraudulent. As the hours pass, the States where the votes have been counted and recounted certify that the scrutinies have been correct. Meanwhile, the outgoing president continues to make decisions, dismissing officials and replacing them with others he fully trusts.

The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo he seconded it by reiterating to the international community that the elections have not been resolved. In addition, Trump keeps the process for the transfer of powers paralyzed on January 20. He has prohibited those in charge of negotiating the transfer to speak with representatives of Biden. And what is more regrettable: he has given the order to block the congratulations and correspondence that are addressed to Biden in his capacity as president-elect.

The censorship imposed on correspondence keeps hundreds of congratulations from heads of state from around the world blocked. So far only four countries, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and China have refused to recognize him. Of course, Biden is not wasting his time. Is aware of the problems

he will inherit in the field of international relations and has already begun to maintain direct contacts.

The round was started with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudoau, followed by the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macrón and “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He has also spoken with the heads of government of Japan, Australia and South Korea. There is no precedent for an elected president to be subjected to such censorship.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.