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Trade Agreements

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 62826, tabled on 2 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2017 to Question 60711, with which other countries or groups of countries the Government is planning to enter trade negotiations after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered on

10 February 2017

As the UK leaves the EU, we are looking at all opportunities to strengthen our trading relationships. Ministers and officials in DIT are working with counterparts in a wide range of markets to promote the UK as a great place to do business and with which to trade.

Since the answer of 27 January, the Prime Minister has agreed with President Trump to take forward high-level talks to lay the groundwork for a UK-US trade agreement once we leave the EU, and to identify the practical steps we can take now. The Prime Minister also announced Joint Working Groups with Turkey and Israel to continue to progress our trade and investment relationships at present, and to prepare the ground for our post-Brexit trading arrangements.