Pressure to Confirm Agreement with UK

Authorities from the European country are asking the region to speed up the processes so that the Association Agreement between the United Kingdom and Central America can be ratified before October 31 this year.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Since August 23, Simon McDonald, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, makes a tour through Central American countries, in which he has requested that the procedures for ratifying the Agreement signed with the region be expedited.

See "BREXIT: Trade Agreement between Central America and the United Kingdom

McDonald told Prensalibre.com that in the case of Guatemala, he was told that "... the process is being speeded up and the agreement will be sent to Congress on September 13 to give it the legislative process."

McDonald added that "... We are up to date to ratify it by October 31 which is an important date because it is when we will leave the European Union, without having the dates of continuity there is the risk of a break in relations."

In Costa Rica the pressure has gone to the Legislative Assembly, because that body is responsible for analyzing the file and then vote for approval, so that later is known by the Constitutional Chamber. Then, it must be published in La Gaceta before October 31.

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