The UK has tried to strike deals with its trading partners as it prepares to leave the European Union in October. Seoul-based experts warned, however, that while the “continuity agreement” has downplayed the shutdown in the near future, its move to a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) is still linked to the uncertain outcome of the UK trade agreement with the European Union. Yoo said the deal would remove “a lot of Brexit uncertainty” from the economic partnership between the two countries. International Trade Minister Liz Truss signed the agreement with her South Korean counterpart, Yoo Myung-hee, in London. Seoul may want to strengthen safeguards so that Korean EU companies can continue to supply the UK independently of the EU-UK deal. Its exports fell by 10.4 per cent in 2019 and the regime will want to take further losses. On 22 August 2019, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea (Korea or South Korea) signed a continuity free trade agreement.  In the event of a Non-Brexit Deal on 31 October 2019, the trade agreement between Britain and Korea will enter into force, allowing British and Korean companies to continue to operate under the same preferential conditions under the free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Korea. The agreement will enable businesses to manage free trade after leaving the EU on 31 October, which will guarantee UK jobs in key sectors such as manufacturing, technology and professional services. “For Hyundai, Britain is a very cheap one, but if the UK is stupid about the kind of deal it has with the EU, then the Hyundai car market can be destroyed,” he warns. “Covid`s situation will seriously damage Korea`s trade relations. That is why Korea will strive to make the agreement as comprehensive and sustainable as possible,” Michell said. The UK will publish the text of the agreement as soon as it is presented to Parliament.
Truss said the deal would allow companies such as luxury carmaker Bentley to “maintain trade as they do today and be able to seize the opportunities offered by Brexit.” Britain tried to emulate EU trade deals with third countries before its planned exit from the bloc, but many had come to the fore about uncertainty about whether and when Brexit would take place after being delayed earlier this year. The UK-Korea trade agreement must now be ratified by both parliaments before it enters into force. After legislative approval, the agreement will enter into force either on 31 October 2019 in the event of a Non-Deal-Brexit, or at the end of the transition period, when the UK ratifies the withdrawal agreement. It could try to emulate the new free trade agreement BETWEEN the EU and Vietnam, which is being ratified, which pays special attention to Korean imports in Vietnamese exports to ensure that production within the specifications of the country of origin counts, Michell explains. If the agreement between the UK and Korea were renewed, Korea may also want its ownership of car and electric vehicle factories in the EU to be recognised in the agreement. The UK has signed a “continuity” trade agreement with South Korea, which allows businesses to maintain free trade after Brexit.  The UK Department for International Trade (DIT), the United Kingdom and Korea sign a trade continuity agreement to ensure that businesses are ready to trade after Brexit (21 August 2019), www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-and-korea-to-sign-trade-continuity-deal-to-ensure-businesses-are-ready-to-trade-post-brexit. This agreement is roughly in line with the terms of the existing free trade agreement between Korea and the EU.