The UK’s trade agreements

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

The UK is seeking trade agreements with our major trading partners.

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

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.

Find out more about trade agreements

What do free trade agreements mean for UK businesses?

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 has already signed a free trade agreement with Japan. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed on 23 October 2020.

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).

Public engagement

The government is engaging with stakeholders to inform the UK’s trade policy and negotiations.

The government has run consultations on potential future trade agreements with the US, Australia, New Zealand and a call for input for the now completed deal with Japan.

It has also consulted on the government’s intention to potentially join the CPTPP.

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.

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.

Existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries

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

Find out about the trade agreements the UK has concluded that are in effect and the progress of our discussions with other countries.

Published 2 March 2020
Last updated 28 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added a section for the trade agreement with the EU, with links to the agreement document (including summary explainer) and transition checker tool.

  2. 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).

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

  4. First published.