The agreements that the government has successfully implemented contribute about 56% of the total value of UK exports to countries with which the EU has a free trade agreement. It is essential that two of the three main countries that receive most of the UK`s products through EU free trade agreements have not yet signed trade agreements; Singapore and Canada. It is important to note that, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without an agreement, it acts as an independent partner and, therefore, any country with which it has not signed a continuity agreement will act on WTO terms. Any existing EU agreement, which will not be rushed, will end on 31 December and future trade will take place on WTO terms until an agreement is reached. While a member of the EU, the UK was automatically part of some 40 trade agreements that the EU has concluded with more than 70 countries. In 2018, these activities accounted for about 11% of total trade in the UK. In the meantime, negotiations with Japan have progressed somewhat since the last analysis. In an official announcement on 11 September, it was stated that the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the United Kingdom and Japan had been the subject of an agreement in principle between the two countries. . The full text of the agreement has yet to be published, so the exact details of the concessions are not known at this time. However, given the timing of the negotiations, the agreement should be broadly similar to that between Japan and the EU. Uk exports to Japan continue to grow in 2019 to reach a total of $317 million.
Japan granted the UK access to beef and lamb meat in early 2019, after a two-decade ban. The INTER agreement between the EU and Japan aims to reduce tariffs on beef from 38.5% to 9% over a 15-year period. Other important concessions of the EU-Japan agreement include improving access to pork, processed pork, cheese and alcoholic beverages, all of which are important opportunities for UK exporters in the future. In the coming days and weeks, the AHDB will conduct an additional and more detailed analysis of the UK-Japan trade agreement. Agreements to ensure that Britain can continue to negotiate with third countries after the Brexit transition must be submitted to MEPs by Wednesday 4) This agreement is open to the accession of other members of the East African Community. Table “Signed Trade Agreements” Updated with the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics Amends to Trade agreements still on discussion: “Percentage of total trade in the UK, 2018” have been updated following the release of trade statistics from the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom. EU free trade agreements in which the UK is currently participating. The UK trade agreement with Switzerland contains elements of the EU-Switzerland MRA. Some new agreements will not be in force until the UK leaves the EU. Trade will then take place under the terms of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020. Subsequently, the United Kingdom entered a transitional period that ends on 31 December 2021.