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Debates
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement - EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (resolution) - EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement - EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (resolution) - Adequacy of the protection of personal data afforded by Japan (debate)
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  Charles Tannock (ECR). – Madam President, the conclusion of the EU-Japan (Economic) Partnership Agreement which I strongly support is yet another example of the EU’s successful global free trade and political cooperation agenda. It’s also a major rebuff to Brexiteers in my country, who insist that one of the key reasons for leaving the EU is in order to conclude FTAs with important UK trade and strategic partnership countries that the EU is unable to deliver for the United Kingdom. This just isn’t true. Japan is an important trading partner for my country, and it has been a huge source of foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly into the car industry in Britain.

This deal will remove tariffs on over 90% of exports, including all those on fisheries. It will also see Japan recognise EU geographical indicators and contains provisions on services, including financial services, which would have been of particular benefit to the UK, which Brexit now sadly removes forever. It will remain to be seen whether the UK can independently replicate as generous a bilateral deal in the future without the combined clout of the 27 other EU Member States and the promise of access to the world’s largest single market.

 
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