The UK’s trade agreements

Find out which trade agreements the UK is negotiating and which trade agreements the UK has already signed.

Trade agreements set out the rules that cover trade between 2 or more countries. They aim to make trading easier between those countries. They do this by reducing the restrictions on imports and exports between them.

The UK has sought to reproduce the effects of trading agreements that previously applied to it to ensure continuity for UK business.

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Trade agreement with the EU

The United Kingdom has agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU.

This agreement affects citizens, businesses, and travel to the EU.

EU trade agreements with other countries do not apply to the UK.

UK trade agreements with non-EU countries

Find out about the trade agreements the UK has in place and the progress of our discussions with other countries.

Trade negotiations the UK is prioritising

The UK has left the EU. We are now able to negotiate, sign and ratify new trade agreements.

The UK’s priority is to launch negotiations with the US, Australia and New Zealand. The UK signed an agreement in principle with Australia on 16 June 2021.

The government continues work to reproduce effects of existing EU trade agreements. It is also considering joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Understand trade agreements and get involved

Before starting a new trade negotiation, we consult on which aspects of our current trading arrangements we should look to improve or amend.

The government has established the Strategic Trade Advisory Group and a network of expert Trade Advisory Groups to support the development of our trade policy and negotiations.

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Published 2 March 2020
Last updated 30 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated following a content review.

  2. Added a section for the trade agreement with the EU, with links to the agreement document (including summary explainer) and transition checker tool.

  3. Added documents on the UK's approach to negotiating free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand and on joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

  4. Added the UK's approach to negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan.

  5. First published.