Another Brexit deal in the bag! Britain signs lucrative £1.2bn trade agreement with Ghana – Daily Express

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A joint statement from the two countries said: “Today Ghana and the UK are pleased to announce that they have finalised negotiations on a new Interim Ghana-UK Trade Partnership Agreement. This Agreement will provide for duty free and quota free access for Ghana to the UK market and preferential tariff reductions for UK exporters to the Ghanaian market.

“The Agreement will enter into effect following the completion of relevant internal procedures required in both Ghana and the UK.”

It comes after negotiators finalised the outline of a deal on December 31.

Since then both sides have been working to come to an agreement on the finer details of the pact.

Ms Truss’s department has signed more than 60 trade deals over the past 18 months, more than any country has ever achieved within the same time period.

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“They should both be around Easter, maybe earlier if it goes well.”

Speaking to City AM, the official said negotiations with New Zealand and Australia were “neck and neck”.

A Department of International Trade spokesman said: “We are committed to securing ambitious free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand as soon as possible, harnessing the opportunity to negotiate high-quality and innovative trade agreements with like-minded, liberal trading nations.”

Last week the UK also formally put forward a request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put the UK’s accession to the group at the heart of plans for trade in 2021.

CPTPP is a free-trade agreement between 11 countries centred around the Pacific Rim.

Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan are all part of the group.

Mr Johnson said last week: “One year after our departure for the EU we are forging new partnerships that will bring enormous economic benefits for the people of Britain.

“Applying to be the first new country to join the CPTPP demonstrates our ambition to do business on the best terms with our friends and partners all over the world and be an enthusiastic champion of global free trade.”