The UK and THE EU are negotiating a trade deal that is expected to start on 1 January 2021, when the new UK-EU relationship will begin. During the Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK, there were concerns about the lack of agreement on the terms of withdrawal and the fact that the UK would hastily leave the EU without any deal (the initial scenario of Brexit without a deal). With this result a possibility, the United Kingdom secured a pure trade agreement with Norway and Iceland, which would only be valid after an exit without an EU agreement. Since the UK agreed on conditions in November 2019 and ratified the Brexit withdrawal agreement and left the EU at the end of January 2020, the deal has become obsolete and will therefore not enter into force. Update to show that the UK has in principle reached a trade agreement with the Customs Union for Southern Africa and the trade bloc of Mozambique. 1) Source of trade statistics: ONS UK Total trade: all countries, not seasonally adjusted from April to June 2020. The two countries also pledged to begin negotiations next year with an ambitious new free trade agreement that will far exceed the existing agreement. The government has established the Strategic Trade Advisory Group and a network of Experts Trade Advisory Groups to support the development of our trade policies and negotiations. The UK government is working on new deals that will replace EU trade deals after Brexit. The European Union`s free trade agreement contributes to EU growth: in 2018, the EU was the world`s second largest exporter (15.5%) before the United States (10.6%) China (15.8%).  “Together, we will be even more successful in taking this opportunity to take our trade to new heights.
International trade will help us meet the challenges of coronavirus and stimulate economic growth in our UK. If the UK were to act in accordance with WTO rules, tariffs would apply to most of the products that British companies send to the EU. This would make British goods more expensive and more difficult to sell in Europe. The UK could also do so for EU products if it so wishes. Talks between the EU and the UK are under way to reach a post-Brexit free trade agreement before the end of the year. To date, more than 20 of these existing agreements, covering 50 countries or territories, have been shaken up with the exception of the I.V. and will begin on 1 January 2021. Based on 2018 figures, this represents about 8% of total trade in the UK. But it is clear that new agreements with some countries will not be ready in time. As of 31 October 2020[update], the United Kingdom had concluded 24 trade agreements with 53 countries, some using mutatis mutandis an approach mutatis mutandis to quickly emulate existing agreements between the EU and these countries, specifying only these small areas of differentiation (which has reduced some agreements to about 40 pages from the initial region of 1400). Among them are significant economies — by nominal GDP — such as South Korea, Switzerland, Israel and South Africa.