United Kingdom makes formal request to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact

The United Kingdom has made a formal request to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss in a video conference said: ‘ want Britain’s accession to the CPTPP to help build back better the global trading system.” 

“As we seek to recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 it’s all the more important for like-minded allies to work together to make the case for free trade and put it into action,” Truss told Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s minister in charge of TPP negotiations, and New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O’Connor. 

“I hope that Britain acceding will encourage others who share our views and outlook to consider joining this important group,” she said. 

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