In tight vote, Dutch lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade deal
Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag, who was in parliament to watch the vote, smiled after 72 lawmakers voted for the deal and 69 against.
Defeat would have been a serious blow for the liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is a strong supporter of the deal and of free trade in this nation whose economy has for centuries been buoyed by exports.
But Tuesday’s victory could be short lived. The Dutch Senate still must approve the pact and Rutte’s coalition does not have a majority. The Senate is expected to debate the measure next month.