The UK has abandoned the objective of a “common set of rules” and is now insisting on the right to its own (different) binding standards. However, it aims to ensure easy access to the MARKET for UK products in the EU through a comprehensive package of mutual recognition of compliance assessment measures. As envisaged in CETA as a long-term objective, the UK is asking the EU to allow UK control organisations to confirm that products destined for export to the EU comply with EU standards, even though these standards are not binding on the UK market. Allowing local certification would reduce costs and inconvenience for UK exporters to the EU. None of these requirements is without merit from the British point of view and, indeed, the UKTPO has strongly advocated such profound integration. The ambition of a negotiation is not bad either. However, it is difficult to understand the tactic of transferring it to the EU while reducing the time for negotiation by refusing to extend the current transition period. Is it pride, are the claims not serious, are they mere bargaining games to create levers for fishing and freedom of the “same conditions of competition”? Or is the government suddenly serious about these issues and will it try to reach an agreement by October with an implementation period that would give way to negotiations so that they can be negotiated in the years to come? One thing they do not do is ensure safety. We are looking for the kind of agreement that the EU has already reached with Canada and other friendly countries in recent years. Our proposal builds on previous EU agreements, such as the Comprehensive Economic Agreement, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement. And it is in line with the political declaration agreed last October, in which both sides set the goal of concluding a free trade agreement “zero tariffs, zero tariffs”.  The UK`s future services activities with third countries: Reality Control, UKTPO Briefing Paper 24 blogs.sussex.ac.uk/uktpo/publications/the-uks-future-services-trade-deals-with-non-eu-countries-a-reality-check/ 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.