“It is now essential that Boris Johnson and Liz Truss show the same urgency when it comes to securing the other 14 outstanding continuity agreements with countries such as Mexico, Ghana and Singapore, where total BRITISH trade of $60 billion is still under threat and time is over,” she added. This agreement not only confirms the continued abolition of tariffs, but also provides us with some additional foundation and mechanisms to work with Canadians in their complex provincially controlled alcohol market. It should allow British companies to be more competitive in the Canadian Liquor Board system, and it is a positive step to help us grow in the marketplace. Brexit, short for “British exit,” is the word used to refer to the UK`s decision to leave the EU. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 to enter a transition period during which it must negotiate its future relations. The transitional period expires on 31 December 2020 and is defined in the ratified withdrawal agreement, essentially in the treaty setting out the conditions for the UK`s withdrawal from the EU and Euratom. There is still no certainty as to what form the future EU-UK trade agreement will take, or whether it will be concluded by the end of the transition period. “We are asking the Canadian and British governments to publish the details of the agreement so that businesses can understand all the practical details,” said Mark Agnew, International Policy Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Today`s agreement also guarantees duty-free access for British wines and spirits to the Canadian market and ensures that the United Kingdom and Canada can continue to strive to recognize each other`s qualifications in areas such as accounting, architecture and law. However, there could be changes in EU-UK relations or changes in the UK`s internal processes and regulations that could affect the facilitation of trade between Canada and the UK. The Government of Canada will continue to observe how Canada`s trade with the United Kingdom could be affected in the short to medium term. Recognizing the need for security during the transition period, Canada agreed that the United Kingdom should remain a party to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and all other agreements between Canada and the EU during the transition period. These include multilateral agreements between Canada and the EU.
The United Kingdom and Canada are about to sign a new trade agreement to replace the existing British agreement with EU membership.