The vote split came in at 408 members saying "yes", 254 "no" and 33 abstentions. "But the disconnect between MEPs and public concerns over living standards, public health and the environment is another blow to the European Union, just when its principles of solidarity and cooperation are most needed".

Originally entitled the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), the controversial court has now been rebranded as an "Investment Court System" (ICS).

The Canadian government believes that CETA will create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost Canada's trade with the world's second largest market.

The Canadian Prime Minister seems content on skipping London for Strasbourg, with Finance Minister Bill Morneau telling the Financial Times that while his heart nurses warm and nostalgic feelings about the United Kingdom, his head told him that the priority for Canadian trade was the US, EU, and China. Ceta has been described as the little brother of equally opposed US-EU trade deal "TTIP", which looks to have collapsed following widespread opposition past year.

"Currently, EU food and agricultural exports face between 10-20pc tariffs with Canada".

Malmstrom said CETA would save European exporters millions of euros in tariff fees, and would allow both partners to set rules that will "shape globalization".

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Canada has a trade deficit with the U.S. as it imports more from its southern neighbour than any other country.

The Commissioner outlined the benefits of CETA, a "progressive agreement", which alongside the SPA offers an opportunity to "upgrade" the EU-Canada relationship.

Outside the European Union parliament, demonstrating activists were vocal about their worries about the deal. "This trade deal has been subject to an in-depth parliamentary scrutiny which reflects the increased interest of citizens in trade policy".

But Canadian International Trade Minister Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne, apparently reflecting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's non-interference policy with three USA, echoed some of Trump's populist rhetoric and avoiding any criticism of protectionism, proclaiming "This is a deal for the people". The EU trade agreement with South Korea was ratified by national governments four-and-a-half years after most of the deal had already gone into effect.

BSP leader Kornelia Ninova told a February 15 news conference that her party wanted the names of those of the country's MEPs who had backed CETA, asking "who of the Bulgarian people" had mandated them to vote in favour of the deal.