Hello and hi. The Canadian goverment was recently quoted as saying ‘The EU is impossible to do business with.’ Wait right there. Hold the maple syrup, you lot… you are only now realising this? Better late than never, I guess.
So, this happened…
A major trade agreement appeared to be on the brink of collapse after the Canadians WALKED OUT of talks after a large-scale deal that was put on hold, on the insistence of a tiny region in Belgium. I mean, Belgium is a tiny country, so for there to be a tiny region located within a tiny country, you better believe it is miniscule. Wallonia, with only a population of 3.5 million, had the audacity of 5 Belgian waffles to block a Canadian-EU agreement. You see, under Belgium law, international transactions need to be signed off by regional parliaments. Yes, yes they do.
Apparently, Wallonian farmers are opposed to the existing deal on the ‘table’ as they fear that their country will be flooded with cheap agricultural imports. Erm…so, what is wrong with that? So, this issue/resistance speaks volumes for us here in the UK. This impasse of sorts, solidifies the possibility of similar obstacles, to whatever deal Britain seeks to secure in upcoming BREXIT talks with the EU. In brief, the EU is not going to make it easy for the UK. Oh and please know that I mean and am referring to: FRANCE (when I say EU in this context).
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s international trade minister remarked ‘It’s becoming evident for me..that the EU isn’t capable how to have an international treaty even with a country that has European values, like Canada.’ Oh honey…been in the job long? You are only now realising this? *rolls eyes and mouth opens like a codfish.* Freeland also added, in lamenting about the deal falling through, between Canada and the EU, ‘…and even with a country so nice, with a lot of patience like Canada.’ Yes, girl. Canada is nice and patient. I mean, you tolerate Justin Bieber and Michael Buble. I can’t even with those two, but I digress. Pictured below is Chrystia Freeland. She seems nice and patient. Yup.
Freeland ended with ‘I’ve worked very, very hard, but I think its impossible-we have decided to return home. ‘ Oh dear…try not to be discouraged, love. Oh Canada! We feel you. We, really do. That is all.