The Economic Partnership Agreement, due to come into force on 1 January, will prevent Japanese producers operating in the UK from “bordering the cliffs” of Brexit at the end of this month. “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. It is excellent to see that this agreement between the United Kingdom and Japan has a full chapter for SMEs. The FSB has long been committed to integrating these chapters into trade agreements to provide uk small businesses with the support and tools they need to reach new markets. A clip by Emily Thornberry, the shadow minister of international trade, who compares the old EU-Japan trade deal with the new UK-Japan trade deal, went viral on Twitter. “Given that Japanese direct investment (Foreign Direct Investment) has played an important role in the UK economy and that maintaining its post-Brexit investment is essential, the UK government should have shown a strong commitment to Japanese investment. including a full chapter on investment, which includes investment protection and dispute resolution. But tariffs or no tariffs, a trade agreement is unlikely to lead to the growth of food and beverage exports overnight. Cultural differences with Japan require understanding and adaptation, while for products such as cheese, it may be necessary to invest more in marketing and education. “Having access to the market is one thing. The market presence is very different,” said John Giles, president of the Chartered Chartered Institute of Marketing for food, drink and agriculture.
The signing of the UK`s first independent trade agreement is an important milestone for our economy and will be welcomed by businesses in many sectors. 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. While London and Tokyo have paved the way for trade, they are also exploring closer security ties, including exchanges with Japanese intelligence gathered by the “Five Eyes” agreement from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. While in the end it seems that additional provisions of the British agreement have little effect, trade experts also do not expect the new agreement to be worse than the old one. “The anti-subsidy promises of the UK-Japan free trade agreement are more robust than those previously accepted by the UK government as part of a trade deal 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 agreement is essentially in line with the Economic Partnership Agreement reached in February 2019 between the European Union and Japan.  Ultimately, trade is a powerful lever for economic growth. The CBI and its members will now work with the government to take full advantage of the opportunities and ensure that the benefits are felt in all regions of the