Trade Agreements: Japan

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 20th October 2020.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Labour, Worsley and Eccles South

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the state aid provisions of the UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement on UK compliance with EU state aid laws.

Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Labour, Worsley and Eccles South

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK and EU not agreeing a deal on their future relationship by the end of the transition period on scientific collaboration between institutions and researchers in the UK and EU.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Paymaster General

The Government has a clear ambition for the UK to be a global science superpower and this is reaffirmed in the UK Research and Development Roadmap. The UK is open to participation in certain EU programmes provided we can reach a fair and balanced deal, and negotiations are ongoing.

The UK reached a substantive agreement on the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership on 11 September 2020. This contains subsidy commitments which are appropriate for an FTA and have a bearing on UK subsidies only insofar as they may have an effect on trade with Japan.

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