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EU Parliament Approves CETA Canada Trade Deal in 408-254 Vote

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The European Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada in a 408-254 vote broadcast live on Wednesday.

People hold a banner reading Stop EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)'s trojan horse during a protest against the CETA at European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels on October 27, 2016 - Sputnik International
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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) The consent signifies that CETA "could already provisionally apply from April," according to the EP website.

The vote took place against the backdrop of criticism and mass protests against the trade agreement in Europe. Opponents fear CETA, aiming to establish a free trade zone, would undermine standards and regulations on environmental protection, health, safety and workers' rights.

Over 90 percent of the deal is expected to provisionally apply within months, while the rest must be ratified by individual EU member countries.

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