The Government has made agreeing a comprehensive free trade agreement (“FTA”) with Japan an early priority. Trade negotiations between the UK and Japan were officially launched on Tuesday 9 June 2020. The UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, began the first round of negotiations.
The UK-Japan trade deal is one of the first major trade agreements pursued by a post-Brexit UK, and the Government seeks to build on the EU-Japan EPA. This inquiry will focus on the Government’s aims and objectives, the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of a final deal for people and businesses across the UK. It is not yet known when the talks will conclude, but this inquiry will run for the duration of those talks.
The Committee published its report on the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on 20 November 2020:
Witnesses Andy Burwell (Director for International Trade at Confederation of British Industry), Nick von Westenholz (Director of EU Exit and International Trade at National Farmers Union), and Dr Minako Morita-Jaeger (Fellow at UK Trade Policy Observatory, University of Sussex)
Witnesses Mike Hawes (CEO at The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)), James Ramsbotham (CEO at North East England Chamber of Commerce), and Dr Anna Jerzewska (International Trade Policy Consultant at Private Individual)