Last reviewed 3 November 2020

Parliament’s International Trade Committee has launched an inquiry on the recently signed UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) considering, among other issues, how it differs from the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (JEEPA).

The Committee will also examine the likely impacts of the Agreement and the extent to which the Government has achieved its negotiating objectives (see UK’s future trading relationship with Japan).

The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 (CRAG) requires that the Government lays a treaty before Parliament 21 sitting days before ratification. The Committee aims to conclude its inquiry and publish its report before the end of this period.

Chairman Angus Brendan MacNeil said: “The time available for us to scrutinise this agreement is very limited – and as such, we are not able to conduct comprehensive technical or legal analysis of the text. Instead we will be taking evidence from stakeholders and experts and will prepare a report highlighting the key points we have heard.”

The inquiry is now open for short submissions on some, or all, of the following questions until 5.00pm on Wednesday 11 November.

  • How are the terms of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the UK and Japan likely to affect you, your business or organisation, or those you represent?

  • In what ways does CEPA differ from JEEPA?

  • Does CEPA represent a good deal for the UK?

  • What is likely to be the impact of the agreement on the UK’s economy as a whole, and for particular sectors of the economy, as well as on the UK’s devolved nations and English regions and on social, labour, environmental and animal welfare issues?

See https://committees.parliament.uk/work/715/uk-trade-negotiations-agreement-with-japan for more details.