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So you want to withdraw from NAFTA: what happens next?

By Emily Haws      

It's not even clear U.S. President Donald Trump has the authority to withdraw from NAFTA, say trade experts, but that doesn't mean observers aren't contemplating the possibility of reinstating the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he'll withdraw from NAFTA if he doesn't get a better deal, but what happens after that? Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore
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When it comes to how messy the legal fallout could be if U.S. President Donald Trump withdraws from NAFTA, “it’s going to be somewhere between a cluster-bleep, [and] a gongshow,” said the Canada West Foundation’s Carlo Dade. The only clear aspect is that the North American Free Trade Agreement will continue to be a trade priority for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, there are more questions than answers. Can Mr. Trump withdraw without the congressional approval required for tariff-regulating agreements?

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