Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many preferential trade agreements he plans to have (a) in draft and (b) agreed with which countries by March 2019.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

We are currently talking to a number of countries on a variety of future trading options, which could include new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). As a priority, we are working to secure continuity for our existing EU trade agreements with over 70 countries.

In accordance with the terms of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, we will be able to negotiate, sign and ratify new trade agreements after we leave the EU in March 2019, allowing us to establish and enhance our trading relationships with old allies and new friends.

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