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EU court says Singapore trade deal needs national ratification

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The top EU court ruled on Tuesday that a free trade agreement between the European Union and Singapore cannot fully enter force until ratified by all EU countries, in a legal opinion that could slow down other planned EU trade deals.The European Union hopes to seal trade agreements with Japan, Mexico and the Mercosur quartet of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and crucially will also have to forge a trade deal with post-Brexit Britain in the coming years.The European Commission and Singapore completed negotiations on a trade deal in October 2014. The Commission, ...

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 13:37 IST