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UK to join Indo-Pacific free trade bloc in major post-Brexit pact

The UK believes membership will give it a role in setting regional trade rules over the coming decades

Rishi Sunak. Photo: Bloomberg

Rishi Sunak. Photo: Bloomberg

Bloomberg
The UK will join an 11-nation Indo-Pacific free-trade bloc, becoming the first new member since its creation, in a bid to strengthen economic ties with new partners following divorce from the European Union. PM Rishi Sunak’s government sees membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP), which includes Australia, Japan and Canada, as a boost for economic growth and geopolitical relations. The UK expects growth of $2.23 billion each year over the long-term, a figure that could rise if other countries join the bloc.  

The UK believes membership will give it a role in setting regional trade rules over the coming decades. That could mean the UK and other members preventing China’s future accession to the bloc in a move to ensure high trade standards. The UK said it did not compromise on its environmental and food standards. 

UK concluded two years of negotiations with a formal agreement to become the 12th member of the CPTPP.

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First Published: Mar 31 2023 | 11:13 PM IST

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