Additional geographical protection measures are often added later to new trade agreements, so it is not certain that this is a real improvement for the United Kingdom or simply a more detailed presentation of a typical trade agreement. But it indicates that the government will use the EU as a benchmark if it pursues its strategy for global Britain. Is the UK`s agreement on Japan different from the EU`s? Not really. But this at least seems to promise the clarity and continuity required. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said: „It is of the utmost importance that the supply chain between the UK and the European Union be maintained after the UK`s withdrawal from the EU… Japan has high hopes of quickly reaching an agreement on negotiations between the UK and the EU on their future partnership. „This has never been the case before,“ says Tori Morgan, EU Exit and International Trade Advisor at the NFU. It believes that, while simplification is a positive step, uncertainty about how it will work in practice could overshadow some potential gains. „A lot of things, like it work, maybe just have to go out in the laundry,“ she says. „In the past, it was said that an independent Britain was not in a position to conclude major trade agreements or that it would take years before it was concluded,“ Truss said in a joint press announcement with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
Meanwhile, after Brexit, the UK is in a precarious position and has struggled to prove its ability to conclude trade deals on its own. The UK`s soft power and internationally competitive economy are invaluable advantages in facilitating free trade agreements, but negotiations on important trade deals take years and its relatively weaker negotiating position with respect to the EU would inevitably affect the outcome of such agreements and would penalise British economic interests. Nevertheless, dramatic times require drastic measures and Westminster can now count on an agreement that is undoubtedly better than nothing and which London hopes to pave the way for other bilateral trade agreements. Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, one of the most important debates on international trade with the EU after Brexit, the UK`s biggest trading partner. With the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU), London decided not only to leave the European market, but also the largest free trade area in the world, created by the EU and Japan, which put the Japanese economy in a position of high tariffs and jeopardized Japan`s trade relations with Europe. Britain signs the first major trade deal after Brexit with Japan Cheese has often been the wheel on which these trade negotiations seem to have turned. Improved market access would have already widened a gap between the two parties in August. Truss marked last week`s official signing ceremony by handing a glass of stilts to Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu. But if cheese producers had high hopes of a strong export surge in the agreement, they might be somewhat disappointed. Tokyo has rejected attempts by the UK to buy additional quotas for agricultural exports. Instead, the UK can now use all the remaining EU quotas for 10 out of 25 products that currently have reduced tariffs under the EU-Japan agreement, including cheese, tea blends and wheat products.
For example, if the EU uses 20,000 tonnes of its 21,000-tonne quota to export cheap cheeses, the UK can use the remaining 1,000 tonnes. Other products, including butter, whey and sugar, have lost access to lower tariffs. „But there are differences. For example, the agreement goes beyond the EU-Japan EPA on e-commerce and financial services. On the other hand, the situation of trade in products is somewhat more mixed, as British suppliers