The Government is working to secure continuity of our existing international agreements as we leave the EU. A number of these agreements include service-related elements, such as services chapters in existing EU Free Trade Agreements. The EU and UK agreed at the March European Council that, during the implementation period, the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements and that the EU will notify third parties to these agreements to this effect. This approach provides certainty and confidence that there will be no disruption to existing relationships underpinned by international agreements. A number of countries have already publicly welcomed the approach.
We are also engaging with partner countries to put in place successor agreements that replicate the effects of existing agreements as far as possible and will come into force following the implementation period. Our discussions with our international partners show a willingness to deliver continuity across these agreements.