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EU-Canada trade deal hits fortress resistance

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>> Europe's historic commitments to free world trade is at stake, EU leaders say. The Belgian region of Wallonia voting no on Friday to a planned EU Canada trade deal. But then Namur, a Belgian fortress town where the vote took place, has had centuries of experience of standing firm under siege.
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Its lawmakers said the deal would hurt local farmers and labor standards. EU trade ministers meet next Tuesday to vote on the deal. Reuters' Philip Blenkinsop is there.>> I'm standing in the chamber of the Walloon Parliament in Namur where, about an hour ago, lawmakers voted to reject an EU Canada free trade deal.
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This may only be just a region of Belgium, but it is a vote that has international ramifications. The vote means that Belgium cannot sign up to that deal. And without Belgium's signature, the deal as a whole could fall. This has further implications for future deals the EU plans, such as with the United States, with Japan, and of course, ultimately, with Britain.