Centre-left Die Linke has launched legal action to block the controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) pact, saying it is unconstitutional under German law. 

The party's attempt to torpedo the hated deal is just the latest in a series of devastating trade blows for the EU, which is unravelling following the Brexit vote. 


Earlier this month Canada's despairing Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland asked: "If the EU cannot do a deal with Canada, I think it is legitimate to say who the heck can it do a deal with?"


Negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have ground to a halt, with impatient American officials warning Brussels to stop dragging their heels.


Britain will not be affected by either calamity after voting to leave the EU, and is now free to begin informal talks on sealing its own trade deals with Canada, the US and the rest of the world.

Theresa May has set up an independent trade department, headed by Dr Liam Fox, which has already been inundated requests for free trade agreements from the biggest economies across the globe.

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