Once again the British government has over-claimed on the effects of an agreement
By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED JUNE 18, 2021 | UPDATED JUNE 2, 2023
“British farmers will be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, using tariff rate quotas and other safeguards,” declared the UK International Trade Department on June 15, 2021.
But will they, though? The text of the agreement-in-principle between Britain and Australia was published a few days later, also in several formats on the Australian government website.
It was not a final deal. That was eventually signed six months later, on December 16, 2021. It took effect on May 31, 2023.
Much of the June agreement-in-principle was in the future tense — agreement between the two “will include” this that and the other. Negotiations continued.
A note at the end of the text, which the Australian government called a “disclaimer”, said:
“DISCLAIMER: This document reflects what the UK and Australian FTA [free trade agreement] negotiating teams have jointly decided as of 16 June 2021 should be included in the FTA once it is finalised. It does not prejudge the outcome of the FTA negotiations or any further proposals for FTA commitments either the UK or Australia may make after this date. It is also not intended to create any treaty obligations.”
But the agreement-in-principle did show some of what is intended for agricultural products.
The reason it was announced on June 15 is because British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison wanted a fanfare for their post-G7 meeting, even if the negotiations were incomplete.
Two years later when the agreement came into force, Politico published this account of what happened at the Johnson-Morrison dinner before the announcement in 2021.
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The longest sections are the schedule of commitments on goods (912 pages) and rules of origin (128 pages)
Posted by Peter Ungphakorn
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 | UPDATED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
These are links to the text of the UK-South Korea free trade agreement, signed in London on August 22 and published on the South Korean Government website. It has been posted on that site in separate parts.
The longest sections are the schedule of commitments on goods (912 pages) and rules of origin (128 pages).
(A few days later, the texts were published on the British government website on September 10, along with an explanatory memorandum. A report to Parliament was published separately the previous day.
(See also an earlier piece on rolling over the EU-S.Korea free trade agreement. This deal does that, but the devil is in the detail.) Continue reading “Text of the UK-South Korea free trade agreement”
Some interesting insights are in Swiss government information notes, prepared mainly for traders and producers
By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | UPDATED JANUARY 27, 2021
A summary of this is on the EU Relations Law blog, here
What have the UK and Switzerland agreed on their trade relationship post-Brexit? Essentially, they have been partly “rolling over” to the UK the present Swiss-EU trade relationship.
EU agreements are being “rolled over” into UK agreements in order to allow as much continuity as possible for trade and for business. They are called “continuity agreements”.
Below are an introduction to the provisions on goods and services, followed by Swiss government summaries of key parts of its agreements with the UK, mainly on goods but also narrowly on services.
But first, some context and explanations.
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