The fourth took place in Brussels from 12 to 16 July and the fifth from 18 to 22 October 2010 in Ottawa and the sixth round of negotiations in Brussels from 17 to 21 January 2011. The two countries held a seventh round of talks in April 2011, while the eighth round took place during the week of July 15, 2011. The ninth round of negotiations took place in Ottawa from October 17 to 21, 2011. There is also cooperation between the two countries on standards, so that a device manufactured in an EU country can go through all the safety and quality checks there without the need to repeat them in Canada – and vice versa. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of trade with the EU after Brexit: “We want a comprehensive free trade agreement similar to Canada`s.” CETA entered into force provisionally on 21 September 2017, so most of the agreement now applies. The EU does not have a free trade agreement with Australia. They are in negotiations, but they are currently working mainly according to the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The intra-Belgian disagreement was resolved in the last days of October and paved the way for the signing of CETA. On 28 October, the Belgian regional parliaments authorised the federal government to delegate full powers and the following day Foreign Minister Didier Reynders signed on behalf of Belgium.   The next day, Sunday, October 30, 2016, the treaty was signed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (when Slovakia chaired the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2016).  After the transitional period, the UK will no longer be bound by EU treaties with third countries such as Canada. The UK is going through a transition period after leaving the EU on 31 January and has until the end of the year to negotiate a trade deal with Brussels. Until then, the country will follow most EU rules.
As the two sides prepare to begin negotiations next month, De Rynck stressed the UK`s proximity to Brussels to Canada as a key factor, warning that trade talks could be “quite difficult”. CETA`s investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions could set a precedent for similar agreements within TTIP. Meanwhile, critics say CETA would allow U.S. companies to sue EU states through Canadian subsidiaries.  In its opinion, the Court of Justice of the European Communities found that the dispute settlement mechanism was compatible with EU law.  Pending its formal entry into force, key parts will be applied provisionally as of September 21, 2017.  In 2008, an EU-Australia Partnership Framework was agreed that will reduce barriers to trade, but does not constitute a free trade agreement. . .