LONDON/TORONTO: Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal on Saturday to protect the flow of $27 billion-worth of goods and services between them after Brexit and vowed to start talks on a bespoke agreement next year.
As Britain prepares to end its transition out of the EU on 31 December, it has negotiated multiple rollover bilateral deals to maintain trade, with many simply replacing the terms the bloc had already agreed.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined Canada’s Justin Trudeau and their respective trade ministers on an online call to mark the deal, which paves the way for a tailor-made agreement covering more areas such as digital trade, small businesses, the environment and women’s economic empowerment.
“Today’s agreement underpins GBP20 billion worth of trade and locks in certainty for thousands of jobs,” Liz Truss, UK International Trade Secretary, said in a statement.
Her Canadian counterpart Mary Ng said the transitional agreement “largely replicates” the EU deal on tariff reductions and provisions for labour and environment.
“We do want an ambitious, high-level comprehensive trade agreement with the UK,” Ng said, signalling Canada wanted similar terms to the EU deal.
Britain is Canada’s fifth-largest trading partner after the US, China, Mexico and Japan.