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On 23 Oct 2020, the Secretary of State for International Trade signed an Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Japan for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Tokyo. The body of the agreement is 406 pages long divided into 24 chapters together with 3 volumes of annexes which can be accessed from UK/Japan: Agreement for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership [CS Japan No.1/2020].
The structure of that agreement is very similar to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement:
The only difference in structure appears to be the insertion of a chapter on "Trade and women's economic empowerment" in the UK's agreement with Japan. The only chapters of either agreement that I have read in full are Chapters 14 of the EU and British agreements which cover intellectual property. I shall write a separate article on the IP provisions of the UK-Japan agreement shortly.
According to the British government, the UK-Japan agreement is not an exact copy of the EU-Japan agreement, There are said to be some provisions in the UK-Japan agreement that have been tailored to British needs. These may have been identified in the Final Impact Assessment of the Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and NorthernIreland and Japan for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership and The UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Benefits for the UK. For an independent view of the agreement from see Minako Morita-Jaeger UK-Japan trade deal will provide political cover - but only a limited trade boost of 27 Oct 2020 on the politics.co.uk website.
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