Mexico doesn’t want a rupture of North America’s free trade deal but will defend its sovereignty against any impingement, according to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The president, whose nationalist energy policy is the source of a trade complaint by his northern neighbors, said on Thursday that being close to the giant US market is “important” for Mexico’s economy but that he wouldn’t accept infringement on the country’s autonomy in exchange for that access.
“If having access to this market implies ceding our sovereignty, we don’t accept it,” he said during a daily press conference, when asked whether he would leave the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement if such a dispute went against him. “We won’t give up our independence to any foreign government.”
AMLO, as the president is known, later said “there won’t be a rupture” of the so-called USMCA deal, since his government is in the right and ending the agreement isn’t in the interests of the US or Mexico.