Trade Agreements: Japan

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the draft trade agreement with Japan differs from that which the European Union already has in place with Japan.

Photo of Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Lord Grimstone of Boscobel The Minister of State, Department for International Trade, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement locks in the benefits of the EU-Japan deal, and goes even further in a number of areas, including;

  • Cutting-edge digital & data provisions,

  • Improved market access for UK financial services,

  • More generous rules of origin provisions for some goods, and

  • Opening the door for more British products to be protected in Japan by geographical indications.

We will publish a parliamentary report for the UK-Japan agreement prior to ratification, clearly highlighting areas where there are specific material differences between the EU Economic Partnership Agreement and this deal.

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