The United Kingdom’s hopes of agreeing a bilateral free trade agreement with New Zealand in August were not met. While a deal remains likely, the delay illustrates that the UK’s CPTPP accession will not be totally straightforward.
UK Australia & NZ
The United Kingdom and New Zealand have “a clear pathway” to reaching agreement on a bilateral free trade agreement in August, the two sides have confirmed in their latest detailed reviews of progress in the talks.
The United Kingdom and New Zealand have said they are confident that they will secure an agreement in principle on a bilateral free trade agreement before the end of the summer.
Further details of the groundbreaking free trade agreement between the UK and Australia have been released by London and Canberra, including on SPS, rules of origin, visas, services, customs, labour and environment.
The United Kingdom has confirmed that it has concluded a free trade agreement with Australia – the first post-Brexit FTA that does not have its roots in an existing EU deal. The main elements of the deal were agreed by UK prime minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott …
It’s not quiet in UK trade this week….
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Whether London’s recent apparent decision to agree to give Australia duty-free-quota-free market access to its food exports was part of the de facto preconditions for today’s decision of the CPTPP members to allow Britain to launch accession negotiations remains unclear. But it was clearly good timing.
While the debate on agriculture around a potential UK-Australia trade deal seems familiar, it may be that technology is going to change the nature of such trade fundamentally in years to come.
It’s busy on the trade beat in Brussels this week. It’s also busy in London.