President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) He assured this Thursday that there is an interest of the United Kingdom in joining the treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC).
“Regarding the incorporation of the United Kingdom into the treaty, it is a matter that corresponds to the three countries that are now part of this agreement, so it has to be reviewed by Canada, the United States and Mexico,” AMLO said in his press conference from the National Palace, and recalled that the United Kingdom no longer belongs to the European Union after “Brexit”.
As López Obrador explained, now the United Kingdom is seeking to strengthen bilateral relations with several countries, including the United States.
“And there is also the information that they seek to belong to the treaty that we have in North America. This must be seen with all the actors, we cannot anticipate”, said López Obrador.
López Obrador told himself “supporter” to maintain this commercial agreement because it was a “achievement” very important after convincing “those who did not want the treaty to be ratified.”
“But in the end we all reached an agreement that it was convenient for us. And I think it was very convenient for Mexico,” said López Obrador, who remarked that his “economic optimism” for the country is based on the T-MEC, in addition to discipline and fiscal honesty.
Because, he continued, the agreement attracts investment, creates jobs and drives a market. In addition, it favors sectors such as the automotive industry.
“There is a permanent growth of industries linked to exports,” remarked the Mexican president, who asserted that he traveled to Washington for the entry into force of the T-MEC on July 1, 2020, without diplomatic errors being made against the then President Donald Trump.
And in this context, he urged “to integrate as a region in America.”
“If the United Kingdom is proposing that it wants to join, why don’t the countries of America join?” Said AMLO, who highlighted the workforce and the potential of natural resources in the region.
Several media outlets have reported in recent days the UK’s interest in joining the T-MEC, citing officials from the country.
When the T-MEC replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), on July 1, 2020, López Obrador boasted of a “new era” that would reactivate Mexico’s economy after the crisis of the COVID-19 which led to an 8.2% drop in gross domestic product (GDP) last year.
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