EU Parliament Committee Backs Start of U.S. Trade Talks



Philip Blenkinsop | Reuters

European Union lawmakers voted on Tuesday to start negotiations with the United States over lower tariffs for industrial goods, a deal designed to ease trade tension with the Trump administration.

The European Parliament’s international trade committee voted 21 to 17 on a resolution encouraging EU governments to back negotiating mandates put forward by the European Commission.

The resolution now goes to a vote by the full chamber in March. It is not binding but will have a bearing on possible talks with Washington, since parliament would have to approve any deal agreed.

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