It follows Britain’s unilateral decision to delay implementing a key part of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland.
The European Commission is preparing to take legal action against the British government in coming days over its failure to keep promises it made in the Brexit deal to keep the island of Ireland free of border checkpoints.
Ireland should do the right thing for both Irish and Canadians and reject this trade agreement.
Dublin South Central representative Patrick Costello lodged the proceedings over whether a referendum would be needed on the controversial trade deal.
A grassroots group known as “Stop CETA Ireland” has launched a campaign to stop the Irish government from ratifying the controversial Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.
Important issues raised by CETA deserve more than a ludicrous 55-minute parliament debate.
The backdrop to all of this is that trade talks between London and Brussels are entering their final phase.
Ireland’s Prime Minister has indicated that he will not be bringing the Mercosur trade agreement for ratification to the Parliament this year or for the foreseeable future.
Leading Democrats warned that the UK’s chances of securing the required congressional support for a UK-US free trade deal will disappear if Northern Ireland peace deal is undermined.
If the UK undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress, Pelosi, the nation’s top elected Democrat, said.
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Later this week negotiations for a comprehensive agreement on investment between the EU and mainland China will be held in Brussels.
The high emission intensity of beef production in the Mercosur countries can reach levels that are more than double the emission intensity of Irish beef.
Irish Prime Minister has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur unless Brazil takes action to protect the rainforest.
What might become the biggest obstacle of all has to do with Ireland, not with Britain per se.
The motion condemned the trade agreement, recently agreed between the EU and four South American countries, as “a bad deal for Ireland and for the planet” and mandated the Government to oppose the deal at the Council of Ministers in the future.
The Irish Government has been accused of throwing farmers under the bus with the Mercosur trade deal.
A number of beef farmers held a protest outside the EU Commission offices in Dublin, against negotiations which they claim make a mockery of an EU climate strategy.
A protest will be held by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) at the European Commission offices in Dublin over the “double standards of the commission” in their reckless pursuit of a sell-out trade deal” with the Mercosur trade bloc.