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. Singapore is the youngest country with which Britain has reached a trade deal before the end of the Brexit transition period. “However, when your department focused in 2020 on discussions on possible new free trade agreements with the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the CPTPP [comprehensive and progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement] and an improved continuity agreement with Japan, last year`s momentum seemed to be dying out,” Thornberry said. 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). While a member of the EU, the UK was automatically part of some 40 trade agreements that the EU has concluded with more than 70 countries. In 2018, these activities accounted for about 11% of total trade in the UK. The agreement maintains the measures of the EU-Singapore EXISTING free trade agreement, including measures on tariffs on products, access to services and public procurement and low non-tariff barriers in four sectors – electronics; Motor vehicles and spare parts; Pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as the production of renewable energy, he said in a joint statement. While free trade agreements are aimed at boosting trade, too many cheap imports could threaten a country`s producers, which could affect employment. After leaving the European Union, the UK plans to negotiate trade agreements to replace and complement members of the EU Customs Union. Since October 2020[update], the UK has concluded a new trade agreement (with Japan) for the continuation of 20 existing agreements (EU) and new negotiations are under way. The British government calls itself a proponent of free trade.  The UK and the EU are negotiating a trade agreement that is due to start on 1 January 2021, when the new uk-EU relationship will begin. It is part of a wider framework of trade negotiations for the UK as it tries to reiterate trade pacts that will end after the end of the EU transitional period. Trade expert Bryan Tan of Pinsent Masons MPillay, the Singapore joint venture between MPillay and Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, said: “Britain and Singapore are historic trading partners and the free trade agreement means a bond for countries to maintain the status quo after Brexit by maintaining the same trading conditions before Brexit. In addition, countries are also working on a digital economy agreement that will create the conditions for the next-generation free trade agreement, which will focus on areas of the digital economy that are important to both countries. These, in turn, send a signal to industry and to Asian countries where Singapore is considered a pioneer. Even if a trade agreement is reached, not all new controls will be removed, as the EU requires that certain products (such as food) from third countries be checked. Businesses need to be prepared. The following agreements are still being discussed with countries with EU trade agreements. This table is updated, so please come back to find out which countries the UK has trade agreements with. Updated to reflect ongoing trade talks with Turkey and Vietnam The deal comes when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU leader have given themselves a new trade pact until the end of the weekend, after a three-hour dinner that made the “gap” between the two sides until the end of the weekend.