>> 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.
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.
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.