Mexico Says 'Red Lines' Must Be Respected in U.S. Trade Deal

Mexico says 'good progress' on trade deal although work remains

A deal on amending the new North American free trade agreement appears close following a busy weekend, with hopes Canada, Mexico and the United States will approve a rewritten deal in the next 24 hours.

US Commerce Consultant Robert Lighthizer moreover made a last-minute demand to restrict the definition of what would signify North American metallic and aluminum under automotive pointers of origin, calling for the metals to be "melted and poured" exclusively in North America.

"I'm confident this is going to be resolved, but we're working on it to get the best deal", Seade said, adding he had been in touch with Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. Mexican lawmakers earlier this year approved the deal. It's unclear how long Pelosi and her top trade negotiator, Representative Richard Neal of MA, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, would review the proposal.

Ebrard's comments come just a few days after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would not accept a US proposal for supervisors to oversee the implementation of Mexico's labor reforms under the USMCA.

But U.S. labor groups and opposition Democrats in the House of Representatives have voiced skepticism over the Mexican government's ability to enforce the new rules.

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Over the past several weeks, Trump and other Republicans pilloried Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for not working on the USMCA, accusing them of instead prioritizing impeachment of the president. His union, which represents 12 million USA workers, opposes NAFTA and blames it for destroying millions of American jobs.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged Democrats in a November meeting not to rush into an agreement without strong enforcement procedures and said they should hold out for more concessions. "If she doesn't move quickly, it will collapse", Trump said.

During a meeting with senators to discuss details of negotiations for the United States-Mexico-Canada treaty (USMCA), Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the US proposed that 70 percent of steel for automobile production come from the North American region.

The labour leader told The Washington Post on Monday that there was a deal and that he's planning to discuss it with his executive committee later in the afternoon.

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