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Senate passes new North American trade deal, a Trump priority

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WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico and gives President Donald Trump a major policy win before senators turn their full attention to his impeachment trial.

The vote was 89-10.

The measure goes to Trump for his signature. It would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which tore down most trade barriers and triggered a surge in trade. But Trump and other critics blamed that pact for encouraging U.S. companies to move their manufacturing plants south of the border to take advantage of low-wage Mexican laborers.

Passage of the trade bill came one day after Trump signed a new trade agreement with China, easing trade tensions between the economic powers.

“Quite a week of substantive accomplishments for the nation, for the president and for our international trade,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., shortly before the vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada deal.

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Brexit warning: Government urges companies to stockpile medicine for important reason

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THE GOVERNMENT has warned pharmaceutical companies in the UK to stockpile six weeks’ worth of drugs in preparation for the end of the Brexit transition period in December.

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Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson’s rift to erupt as Scots lose £4billion over Brexit

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HOLYROOD and Westminster are drifting further apart after a new report revealed Brexit cost Scotland nearly £4billion, Express.co.uk has learnt.

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SNP ‘made wrong decision’ barring MPs from standing unless they resign, says ex-leader

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A SENIOR SNP ally to Nicola Sturgeon has expressed “disappointment” at a party decision to ban sitting SNP MPs from standing for Holyrood unless they resign.

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