Britain and Turkey are set to sign a free trade deal on Tuesday, the UK trade ministry said on Sunday, the first since Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a new trade agreement with the European Union.
The two nations will sign a deal that replicates the existing trading terms between Ankara and London, but British trade minister Liz Truss said that she was hopeful a bespoke deal between the countries could be struck soon.
“The deal we expect to sign this week locks in tariff free trading arrangements and will help support our trading relationship. It will provide certainty for thousands of jobs across the UK in the manufacturing, automotive and steel industries,” Truss said in a statement.
“We now look forward to working with Turkey towards an ambitious tailor-made UK-Turkey trade agreement in the near future.”
In 2019, the trade partnership was worth $25.25 billion, and Britain said that after deals with Japan, Canada, Switzerland and Norway, it was the fifth largest trade deal the trade ministry had signed.
Britain has already concluded trade agreements with 62 countries until the close of the transitional Brexit phase on 1 January, when the EU leaves its trade arrangements.
It clinched last week its narrow trade agreement with the EU, its largest trading partner.