Consultation outcome

Trade with Japan

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

The UK signed a free trade agreement with Japan on 23 October 2020.

For more information, see the UK-Japan trade agreement documents.

Detail of feedback received

A summary of the responses we received is included in the publication on the UK’s approach to negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan.

Original consultation


A call for input to inform our approach to our future trade relationship with Japan.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

The UK is currently party to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which entered into force in February 2019. The UK and Japan have agreed to use this EPA as the basis for a future UK-Japan free trade agreement (FTA), enhanced in areas of mutual interest. This means there is the possibility of additionality to that existing agreement reflecting the ambition of both sides.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is now seeking input from members of the public, businesses, and any other interested parties to inform DIT of specific areas where new and additional provisions should be made.

We consulted on the possibility of the UK seeking accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Japan is a member. We published a summary of responses to that consultation in July 2019. This will also inform our approach, where relevant, to any additions we will seek to make to the EPA as part of our future UK-Japan FTA.


Published 20 September 2019
Last updated 13 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the summary of responses to this call for input.

  2. First published.