House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirms agreement for new North American trade pact

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The United States and Mexico have confirmed an agreement has been reached on a new North American free trade deal.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says in Washington that her Democrats support changes to the deal reached a year ago, which paves the way for implementing legislation to finally be tabled in Congress.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in his daily news conference that representatives from Canada, the United States and Mexico will sign the deal in Mexico City.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said little as he arrived for a weekly cabinet meeting in Ottawa, only that the countries are all working hard, but Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Mexico City on a trade mission.

Trudeau's office says he spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday, looking forward to the final stages of negotiations.

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was signed by the three countries last year but U.S. ratification has been stalled for months as Democrats and organized labour bickered with Mexico over labour rights as well as the deal's treatment of steel and aluminum.