At least seven countries have requested free trade arrangements with the East. African Community (EAC), as the bloc also intensifies efforts to expand the markets for its products.
On 22 February 2024 the UK announced it will leave the climate-wrecking Energy Charter Treaty.
British lawmakers said the benefits of the UK’s accession to a major trans-Pacific trading bloc are unclear
A coalition of environment groups says New Zealand is breaching its free trade deal with the United Kingdom by rolling back environmental laws.
Governments of Nigeria and the United Kingdom will, on Tuesday, sign the Enhanced Trade Investment Partnership (ETIP) Agreement to not just boost its trade volume but also reduce market access and regulatory barriers discouraging people from investing in either of both nations.
The “TRIPS-Plus” provisions in the India-UK Agreement are a dangerous attempt to increase the power of pharmaceutical companies by placing profits before public health.
A parliamentary panel urges the Indian government to reassess existing FTAs amid negotiations with the UK and the EU to address trade imbalances. The panel recommends the establishment of FTA facilitation centers for exporters to enhance accessibility and transparency.
Sticking points include how much access UK producers should have to the Canadian cheese market and harmonisation of food standards.
Kenya’s recently completed trade deals have run into stormy waters after Nairobi applied higher import duties on whiskies and wines from the United Kingdom and the European Union (EA) respectively, two jurisdictions with which it signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).
Singapore has formally approved the United Kingdom’s accession to the CPTPP, marking it as the second current member to endorse the UK’s membership following Japan’s approval last year.
South Korea has launched the first round of talks with Britain to discuss ways to improve their bilateral free trade agreement.
MSF and over 50 UK-based civil society organisations and individuals sent this open letter to United Kingdom Prime Minister, urging him to commit that the UK-India Free Trade Agreement will not gut the public health safeguards that are in India’s intellectual property laws.
The discussions on the majority of policy areas in the free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK have either been closed or are in an advanced stage of negotiation.
The TUC and our sister trade union confederations in Türkiye KESK and DISK issued a statement in January 2021 calling for the UK-Türkiye trade agreement signed in 2020 to be suspended due to abuses of labour and human rights in Türkiye.
These negotiations would focus on complex issues in the areas of goods, services, and investment. Issues that are pending include duty cuts on electric vehicles, whiskey, and the movement of professionals.
India is currently negotiating ambitious free trade agreements with the UK, EU, and Oman, and expanding economic cooperation with Australia. These agreements aim for a higher level of ambition, focusing on tariff reductions for selected items while excluding more sensitive areas.
Britain’s trade minister will meet her Turkish counterpart in Istanbul to discuss closer ties, ahead of the expected launch of negotiations on a new free trade deal later this year.
While work is still underway on securing deals with the USA and India, among others, in 2023, the Australia and New Zealand deals took effect, the UK signed up to the CPTPP agreement.
Britain and Switzerland signed a wide-ranging financial services deal granting reciprocal market access for their banks, insurers, asset managers and stock exchanges to boost trade and cut compliance costs.
Ministers have given up on signing a trade agreement with the US before the next election, after the Biden administration signalled it had no interest in agreeing one.