EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement

On 17 March 2018, the Committee considered the Joint Proposal for Council Decisions on the signing and provisional application, and the conclusion of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between the EU and its Member States and Japan.

The Committee agreed to hold the documents under scrutiny and write to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, to ask the following questions:

  • How the SPA will be implemented.
  • Which of the elements of the SPA will be provisionally applied once the Council Decision has been adopted, on what basis they are identified and when the full SPA will be applied.
  • To what extent the SPA and UK-Japan bilateral political co-operation are complementary and where they overlap.
  • Whether the UK will seek to remain party to the agreement during the transition period.
  • Whether the UK will seek to adapt its own bilateral partnership with Japan, to account for the loss of co-operation at EU level, once the SPA ceases to apply to the UK.

Letter to the Minister

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