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As an aside, notice how this story is buried in a sub section of a sub section on the BBC site, just saying.
By copy-pasting from the previous arrangements and then making only piecemeal changes, you mean? :)
Excellent, Britain will soon be Great once more.
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jim, no I mean by getting sensible and doing a mutually beneficial deal.
I wonder what will be done with the additional 0.07% of GDP?
This deal was ready to sign three months ago, and then Liz Truss scuppered it by wanting a better deal for stilton cheese.

Caused a bit of a stink at the time.
I know you so love to burn the Beeb, but I didn't see the Mail or Express, or any of the other right-leaning rags light up their front pages with it either.
I want my MTV......
No mention of a great new deal on Cheese, so I expect Liz Truss lost that one.
"UK exports of blue cheese were worth £18million last year, but just £102,000 of that went to Japan."

Perhaps the increased Stilton sales to Japan explains the 0.07% increase in GDP?
// That's How You Do It //


// The new deal is very similar to the existing EU-Japan deal //

So we copy and paste EU deals onto UK notepaper and sign them. It should be very easy to do this with all our trading partners. Makes a bit of a mockery of UK independence though.
"Makes a bit of a mockery of UK independence though."

Why, we now have the choice to sign or not. Thats what it is all about.
And of course I doubt that Japan is expecting unrestricted access to the UK's fishing grounds, a say over how the UK government supports its businesses and a demand that its own court arbitrates on any disputes.
//Makes a bit of a mockery of UK independence though.//

As indicated by youngmaf, the UK has the option to agree to the deal or not. There are many EU trade deals and tariffs which are detrimental to the UK. I'm sure the UK is not alone because trying to devise an agreement which will be in the best interests of 28 very disparate nations is impossible. That's why in that respect (and quite a few others) membership of the EU often means everybody gets what nobody really wants.
// everybody gets what nobody really wants.//
Very succinct NJ.
It seems to be a copy-paste of the deal we had with them before with a few add-ons.

I'm very glad the UK has got this - it's better to have it than not. But if anything it just shows what a huge mountain the UK has to climb in order to get back to what we had before.
The UK trade deal with Japan is practically a word for word copy of the deal it previously had through its membership of the EU. So basically, how you do it is to learn from the EU. ;-)
2016: - “EU Trade deals are good for the EU but bad for Britain, so we need to leave the EU and do our own trade deals to get a better outcome for the UK.”

2020: - “We are too stupid or lazy to improve on the EU deal, so we will just copy it and spin it as a great deal for the UK (even though it’s the same as the EU deal)”.
That's How You Do It

that's how Barnier (and his colleagues) have done it already. It's basically the same as the deal the EU already has with Japan, except for some minor changes - to Britain's detriment - in agricultural trade. Brussels' own deal with Japan contains quotas; Britain just gets to use any quotas left over by the EU.

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