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Leo Varadkar says Dublin will vote against EU’s Mercosur pact unless action is taken

Ireland’s taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has said Dublin will vote against an EU trade deal with South American nations unless Brazil takes action to stop the burning of the Amazon.

Varadkar said his government would oppose the Mercosur trade agreement with four Latin American countries – Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay – that was clinched in June after two decades of negotation but has not yet been ratified.

Provisionally agreed in June 2019 after some 20 years of negotiating, the EU has signed a trade agreement with the Mercosur nations - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The agreement will cover a combined population of 780 million, making it one of the largest ever trading bloc arrangements by size. ... show more