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Belgium set Monday deadline over EU-Canada trade deal

Walloon Minister President Paul Magnette (left) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. Credit: PA

Belgium has been given until Monday evening to back an EU trade deal with Canada.

The Canadians have said they are "ready to sign" the historic deal and all 28 EU government back the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

However, it has been held up because the regional government of the French-speaking region of Wallonia in Belgium has refused to give the go-ahead, saying the deal is bad for Europe's farmers and gives too much power to global corporate interests.

Reuters reported that EU trade officials are offering tweaks to a political declaration appended to the treaty in a bid to get them to sign.

European Council President Donald Tusk is reportedly due to speak to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel by late on Monday to confirm if the deal is on.


Paul Nuttall enters Ukip leader race as 'unity' candidate

Paul Nuttall said he would be the 'unity' candidate. Credit: PA

Paul Nuttall has joined the race to be the next Ukip leader.

The North West MEP said he would be the "unity" candidate.

Making the announcement on the BBC's Sunday Politics, he said: "I've made the decision that I'll put my name forward to be the next leader of Ukip.

"I have huge support out there across the country, not only among people at the top of the party in Westminster and with the MPs, but also among the grassroots.

"And I want to stand on the platform of being the unity candidate - Ukip needs to come together. I'm not going to be on here and gild the lily. Ukip at the moment is looking over the edge of a political cliff, it'll either step off or it will step back. And I want to be the candidate that will tell us to come back."

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