European Union Committee
Scrutiny of international agreements: UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

16th Report of Session 2019-21 - published 20 November 2020 - HL Paper 175



Chapter 1: Introduction


The underlying EU agreement and UK-Japan negotiations

UK-Japan trade

Future negotiations to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership

This report

Chapter 2: Trade in goods (CEPA Chapter 2)

Tariff reductions

Tariff rate quotas

Chapter 3: Rules of origin and origin procedures (CEPA Chapter 3)

Rules of origin


Chapter 4: Trade in services, investment liberalisation and electronic commerce (CEPA Chapter 8)

Financial services

Investment liberalisation

Movement of natural persons for business purposes (Mode 4)

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications

Digital and data

Chapter 5: Intellectual property (CEPA Chapter 14)

Protection for creative industries

Geographical Indications

Chapter 6: Trade and women’s economic empowerment (CEPA Chapter 21)

Chapter 7: Chapters with no or few changes

Sanitary and phytosanitary measures (CEPA Chapter 6)

Subsidies (CEPA Chapter 12)

Trade and sustainable development (CEPA Chapter 16)

Small and medium-sized enterprises (CEPA Chapter 20)

Chapter 8: Application of the deal (CEPA Chapter 1)

Territorial application

Compliance with the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Chapter 9: Explanatory documents and Government presentation of CEPA

The Government’s Impact Assessment

Economic impact

Environmental impact

Government’s presentation of CEPA

Chapter 10: Looking ahead

Implementing legislation

CEPA’s governance

Dispute settlement (CEPA Chapter 22)

Joint Committee and other bodies (CEPA Chapter 23)

Amendments to CEPA (CEPA Chapter 24)

Negotiations to join the CPTPP

Other lessons for working practices

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members, declarations of interest and Sub-Committee staff

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Calls for evidence

Appendix 4: Ministerial correspondence

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Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.

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