If Trump pursues tariffs, Mexico could walk from NAFTA negotiations, minister says

In the latest chapter of the evolving relationship between Mexico and the United States, Mexican economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo has warned that his country will walk away from any negotiations on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement if the US insists on imposing tariffs on Mexican goods.

As long ago as September, as a presidential candidate, Donald Trump hammered NAFTA as “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere,” and he has made no secret of his determination to renegotiate its terms. It is, however, just one part of a troubled relationship between the two countries, clouded not least by the proposed border wall and concerns in Mexico about a possible surge in deportations from the US.

Yet there are many that argue that this relationship is vital for both partners, which neither country would prosper by allowing it to flounder. The comments by Mexico’s…

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