The government has said such high figures are misleading and that not all contracts would require measures to maintain continuity after Brexit. Some of these treaties have been replaced, are redundant or no longer relevant to the United Kingdom, and there are also several agreements that could be considered an agreement. In some cases, the United Kingdom itself has signed agreements and therefore does not need new agreements. Below is a list of eu`s trading partners, which contain links to the respective original protocols. Any existing EU agreement, which will not be rushed, will end on 31 December and future trade will take place on WTO terms until an agreement is reached. Talks between the EU and the UK are under way to reach a post-Brexit free trade agreement before the end of the year. Modern EU free trade agreements want to do more than reduce tariffs. In addition, they aim to improve market access by removing non-tariff barriers (for example. B, regulatory cooperation), liberalizing trade in services and opening markets to public procurement. These agreements go far beyond the scope of the WTO. These include competition rules, access to foreign direct investment and rules guaranteeing sustainability (employment and the environment). The EU is working to modernise previous agreements with Chile and Mexico, which contain only fundamental economic aspects.
The VA also contains a protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland providing for a « backstop » that would leave the UK in a « single customs territory » with the EU at the end of the transition period, unless a new agreement on future relations between the UK and the EU has come into force, guaranteeing the absence of border controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland. This is partly due to the temporary tariff regime between the UK and the EU, proposed by the government in a technical communication in June 2018. The June proposal proposed that further technical discussions with the EU be needed to find a common solution to ensure that the UK is able to fully implement the EU`s common external tariffs and allow the UK to continue to benefit from existing free trade agreements or new EU free trade agreements signed during this period. 1) Source of trade statistics: ONS UK Total trade: all countries, not seasonally adjusted from April to June 2020. In EFTA countries, openness to trade and access to international markets are the basis of economic growth and general well-being. EFTA states actively apply and promote high standards of sustainable development and inclusion in their trade and external policies. In adopting standard rules on trade and sustainable development in 2010, EFTA ministers recognized the need to strengthen policy coherence at national and international levels in order to harness the potential of a positive contribution of international trade to promote sustainable development. All UK trade statistics have been updated to correct an error. Other agreements were signed in March with the Pacific Islands (Papua New Guinea and Fiji) and the Cariforum countries (Caribbean). A trade continuity agreement with Iceland and Norway was signed in April. The agreement was signed in May with the Andean countries (Ecuador, Colombia and Peru) and in July with six Central American countries. A continuity agreement with South Korea was initially announced in June and signed in August.
In September, the government announced that it had signed an economic partnership agreement with the five members of SACU and Mozambique. Learn more about the trade agreements already signed by the UK and our discussions with the countries with which the EU has a trade agreement. The European Union has free trade agreements  and other agreements with a trade component with many countries around the world and negotiates with many other countries.  In November 2018, the government announced air agreements with the United States, Canada and eight other countries to secure flights after Brexit.