Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Allen of Kensington Lord Allen of Kensington Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many joint trade reviews conducted with other countries in the last 12 months have resulted in the UK reaching agreement on free trade arrangements to come into force after the UK leaves the EU; and with which countries those free trade agreements have been concluded.

Photo of Baroness Fairhead Baroness Fairhead The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The UK cannot negotiate and conclude trade agreements while we are still a member of the EU.

Joint Trade Reviews are a collaborative in-depth analysis into the mutual trading relationship between the UK and our partners to look for areas we can improve our bilateral trading relationships.   We will aim through these discussions to put in place various mechanisms to improve trading relations, remove barriers affecting UK businesses and bring benefits to UK consumers after we leave the EU.

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