Trade Agreements: Japan

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 20th June 2018.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has had discussions with cabinet colleagues on making Japanese employees exempt from visa quotas in any future UK-Japan trade agreement.

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

My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade regularly discusses trade policy issues with Cabinet colleagues.

The UK does not have commitments on visa quotas in any free trade agreement.

We are seeking continuity in our trade and investment relationship with Japan. The Prime Minister and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in August 2017 to ‘work quickly to establish a new economic partnership between Japan and the UK based on the final terms of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement’.

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