Varadkar wanted to ‘move with speed’ on delayed EU-Canada trade deal

Ceta was due to be ratified in the Dáil last December only for row to break out within Green Party

New documents obtained by the Business Post show that officials in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment had discussed how the Tánaiste wanted to have the trade deal ratified as quickly as possible

Leo Varadkar wanted to “move with speed” early last December to ratify the Ceta trade deal between the EU and Canada, documents exchanged by his officials reveal.

The government had expected the trade deal to be ratified without much complication after a 55- minute date in the Dáil on December 15 only for a row to break out within the Green Party over whether it was being given sufficient scrutiny.

The planned vote was postponed ...