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UK-Japan trade negotiations

Inquiry

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:

Report: Scrutiny of international agreements: UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (HTML)

Report: Scrutiny of international agreements: UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (PDF)

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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4 November 2020
Inquiry UK-Japan trade negotiations
Witnesses Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (Minister for Investment at Department for International Trade), and Graham Zebedee (Chief Negotiator for Japan at Department for International Trade)
Committees International Agreements Committee
Oral Evidence
23 September 2020
Inquiry UK-Japan trade negotiations
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)
Committees International Agreements Committee
Oral Evidence
14 September 2020
Inquiry UK-Japan trade negotiations
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)
Committees International Agreements Committee
Oral Evidence
JTN0036 - UK-Japan trade negotiations
Witnesses Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT)
Committees International Agreements Committee
Written Evidence
JTN0037 - UK-Japan trade negotiations
Witnesses The Maltsters' Association of Great Britain
Committees International Agreements Committee
Written Evidence
JTN0038 - UK-Japan trade negotiations
Witnesses British Veterinary Association
Committees International Agreements Committee
Written Evidence

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