The UK trade agreement with Israel includes the assessment of industrial product compliance. This means that existing agreements with Israel will continue after 31 December 2020. Table “Signed Trade Agreements,” updated with the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics The UK will leave the European Internal Market and the EU Customs Union on 1 January 2021.  A trade agreement would facilitate trade between the EU and the UK, which accounts for 49% of international trade in the UK.  A Canadian-style trade agreement would offer the United Kingdom a reduction in most EU-UK tariffs, without removing VAT, customs and plant protection controls.  The rules for its dominant financial services sector are of particular importance to the United Kingdom.  The DIT stated: “We are considering all possible options to maintain the continuity of current trading conditions and will sign further agreements in the coming weeks. The following agreements with countries and trading blocs are expected to enter into force when existing EU trade agreements no longer apply to the UK from 1 January 2021. The UK is seeking a “comprehensive free trade agreement” (such as the EU CETA with Canada) that does not cover fisheries, security, transport or energy. It considers that these issues should be agreed separately if “appropriate governance agreements” were decided, not by the European Court of Justice.  To date, more than 20 of these existing agreements, covering 50 countries or territories, have been shaken up and will begin on 1 January 2021.
Based on 2018 figures, this represents about 8% of total trade in the UK. But it is clear that new agreements with some countries will not be ready in time. “No additional continuity agreement was reached in the first eight months of 2020 and, in their exchange of letters with the Shadow International Trade Team, representatives of Cameroon`s countries in Montenegro indicated that no formal discussions had yet taken place during this period.” “What aggravates this abysmal and shameless situation is that if we look at how long your department had to conclude these agreements, it had to ensure adequate parliamentary oversight and protect our continued free trade, which was so preventable,” the letter says. A free trade agreement aims to promote trade – usually with goods, but also sometimes with services – by making it cheaper. This is often achieved by reducing or eliminating so-called tariffs – taxes or taxes on cross-border trade. The UK government is still in the process of reaching an agreement with the EU, but has warned that if it fails to reach an agreement, trade with the bloc will be done under the terms of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Kenya has been added to the list of countries where trade agreements have been signed and the East African Community (EAC) has been removed from the list of countries where trade agreements are still under discussion. The UK has left the EU.
The withdrawal agreement sets out how the UK can continue to ignore trade agreements between the EU and third countries until 31 December 2020. Singapore is the youngest country with which Britain has reached a trade deal before the end of the Brexit transition period.