Mixed views on EU-Canada trade deal

The European Parliament has today voted in favour of a major trade deal between the EU and Canada.

Those in favour of CETA say it will boost EU economies and provide much needed trading opportunities with Canada.

Critics of the deal say it’s bad for workers, the environment and the food industry.

However, North West MEPs Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy voted against the deal.

Matt Carthy says the vote is disappointing and it will be particularly bad for farmers who will face huge competition from Canada:

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness says she’s confident the deal will be good for Ireland but if any issues emerge particularly for sectors like the beef sector, farmers will have to be compensated: