February 25, 2018

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Ruffo: 'NAFTA will survive, because the economy wins' (Al Jazeera, 2/25/18)

Talks are running behind schedule and some officials believe the longer they last, the less likely it is that Trump will dump NAFTA, which he has threatened to do if the overhaul of the accord does not benefit the US.

Negotiators had wanted to wrap up talks by March to avoid them being politicized by Mexico's July presidential election.

But officials have already raised the possibility that they will run past Mexico's vote, and some say they could continue at a technical level for several months if necessary.

A US official noted "there has never been a hard deadline", and among Mexicans following the process, belief is growing that lobbying efforts by US business leaders and politicians to preserve NAFTA have been gaining traction.

"NAFTA will survive, because the economy wins out in the end. The bosses of the big firms are making the argument for us," said Ernesto Ruffo, a Mexican senator from the border state of Baja California. "That's why we're onto the seventh round."

Posted by at February 25, 2018 7:25 AM

  

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