Update on the UK’s free trade agreement negotiations

by George Middleton, Advisor to Made in Britain on government and international trade

YOU may have seen that 13 January 2022 marked the official launch of UK/India free trade agreement negotiations.  This is a significant milestone for the UK/India relationship and the UK’s international trade interests and ambitions. You can read more about the UK’s approach to trade negotiations with India here. This approach is informed by responses to a consultation (promoted to Made in Britain members) that was run last year.

This is not, however, a story specifically about UK/India negotiations, as important as they are.

Rather this update summarises the current status of the UK’s free trade agreement negotiations, as follows:

> Current negotiations with: Australia, New Zealand, CPTPP (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam), US, Singapore and India.
> Preparing for negotiations with: Canada, Mexico and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

For the next level of detail on where the UK is up to, there is a helpful report that was published in December here.

This update also confirms what free trade agreements negotiations news and information Made in Britain members can expect to find via the Made in Britain website and newsletter.

Trade negotiations are lengthy and complex, with many milestones. Therefore Made in Britain’s approach is currently to focus on sharing news only when there is:

> An opportunity to input to a free trade agreement negotiation consultation or similar, for example, the Gulf Cooperation Council.
> An agreement reached, for example with New Zealand

I am a member of the Department for International Trade’s Trade Advisory Group for British Manufactured and Consumer Goods, representing Made in Britain. This helps to ensure we are up to date with the latest information on free trade agreements. Made in Britain also has an International Trade Panel, consisting of a representative group of Made in Britain members, who help guide and inform Made in Britain’s work on international trade.

For more practical information on how your company can work with the UK government overseas, please go to: https://www.great.gov.uk/.

For Made in Britain’s news feed, including international trade news, please bookmark https://www.madeinbritain.org/news.

If this triggers any export or import queries or thoughts for your company as a Made in Britain member, please email trade@madeinbritain.org.

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