The Department for International trade is seeking input from businesses and other interested parties ahead of Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Canada and Mexico which will commence later this year. These calls for input will be open for 8 weeks from May 18th to July 12th.
As you may remember, in December last year the UK signed Trade Continuity Agreements (TCAs) with both Canada and Mexico which replicated, as far as possible, the effect of EU trade agreements with those markets to ensure continuity for business.
We have agreed with both Canada and Mexico that we will begin negotiations to upgrade our trade arrangements within one year of entry into force of the TCAs, and are preparing to commence these discussions during 2021. We will strive to conclude these new agreements within 3 years of entry into force of the TCAs.
Our approach to Free Trade Agreements and their provisions is informed by business needs. As part of our call for input, we would like businesses, interest groups and members of the public to highlight areas of the TCAs that we should aim to keep in renegotiations as well as aspects of current trading arrangements with Canada or Mexico we should look to improve or amend.
If this of interest you can respond to the Call for Input on gov.uk using this link.