“In the past, it was said that an independent Britain was not in a position to conclude major trade agreements or that it would take years before it was concluded,” Truss said in a joint press announcement with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. On 23 October 2020, Japan and the United Kingdom signed a bilateral free trade agreement after Brexit, with the implementation date of 1 January 2021. This ensures continuity of trade and investment beyond the end of the UK transition period. Britain and Japan have officially signed a trade deal that marks the UK`s first major deal after Brexit. After the signing, the final text of the treaty will be submitted to Parliament for 21 days of session for consideration under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act (CRaG). The Government will also publish a full report on the agreement in which it will explain the EPA, including significant differences or improvements between the EPA between the UK and Japan and the EU-Japan agreement.  Department of International Trade (2020). Uk-Japan Free Trade Agreement: UK`s Strategic Approach, May 2020, 28-29. www.gov.uk/government/publications/uks-approach-to-negotiating-a-free-trade-agreement-with-japan/uk-japan-free-trade-agreement-the-uks-strategic-approach “The anti-subsidy commitments of the UK-Japan free trade agreement are more robust than those previously accepted by the UK government as part of a trade agreement with the EU,” Kotsonis said. “Actually, it`s relative.
Given the complexity and complexity of the EU aid framework, the anti-subsidy commitments made in the UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement should hardly be a major obstacle to the ability of one of the parties to subsidise domestic industry. For example, prohibited subsidies are limited to subsidies that could have “significant negative effects” on trade or investment between the two countries and which receive either permanent public guarantees or subsidies to defaulted enterprises without a credible restructuring plan. None of these bans should be controversial from the point of view of the UK government`s traditional approach to subsidies. The UK and Japan signed a post-Brexit trade agreement aimed at increasing trade between nations by $15 billion ($20 billion). Britain officially left the EU as a political institution on 31 January, four years after a referendum in which voters decided to withdraw from the 27-nation bloc. London is still negotiating with Brussels to try to reach an agreement on its new trade relationship after the end of the Brexit transition period at the end of the year. During the transition period, Britain is still negotiating with Europe and internationally as if it were a member of the EU. Update 30 October 2020: Here is a slightly revised version of the blog we published yesterday. We are sorry for all the confusion we have caused.