The UK has left the EU, but its trade relations remain unchanged until the end of the year. That`s because it`s in an 11-month transition – designed to give both sides some time to negotiate a new trade deal. The following agreements are still being discussed with countries with EU trade agreements. The UK government has powers over trade agreements and international agreements, as well as the right and power to pass laws on all matters under parliamentary sovereignty, but the UK government will generally seek the compliant advice of the Devolved Parliament (s) when areas of agreement conflict with issues of decentralised jurisdiction. , regardless of their ability to legislate, updated to reflect ongoing trade negotiations with Turkey and Vietnam If you experience trade issues during the transition period, please contact your local international trade advisor. A free trade agreement aims to promote trade – usually with goods, but also sometimes with services – by making it cheaper. This is often achieved by reducing or eliminating so-called tariffs – taxes or taxes on cross-border trade. 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. Trade agreements define the rules that cover trade between two or more countries. They aim to facilitate trade between these countries.
They do so by reducing restrictions on imports and exports between them. During the Brexit negotiations in 2017 (the withdrawal agreement), both sides agreed that trade negotiations could only begin after the UK withdrew, as such negotiations could not take place if the UK still has a veto within the EU.  For this and other reasons, a transition period was set after Brexit day to allow for these negotiations. The transitional period began on 1 February 2020, in accordance with the withdrawal agreement. The transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020, which could have been extended by two years on request until 30 June 2020.  The British government has stated that it will not request such an extension and has not done so. It also stated that the only type of trade agreement that the United Kingdom is interested in, if at all, is a trade agreement on the Canadian model.   The UK is also trying to replicate the effects of existing EU trade agreements when they no longer apply to the UK. These are called continuity agreements. The issue of bringing legislation closer together is that the EU believes that the UK complies with EU rules (product safety, environmental protection, workers` rights, subsidies, etc.).
The United Kingdom says it will not do so.  The withdrawal agreement recognises that in Britain the standards will be different from those of the EU in many respects (with the loss of trade privileges in these areas), with Northern Ireland enjoying special status to keep the Irish border open.