Japan-United Kingdom Relations
Exchange of Letters concerning Mutual Recognition between Japan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
September 20, 2019
- On September 20, in Tokyo, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade signed and exchanged Letters concerning mutual recognition between Japan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
- The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between Japan and the European Union (EU), which covers the areas of telecommunication terminal equipment and radio equipment, electrical products, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for chemicals and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is currently applied to Japan and the United Kingdom as a member of the EU. In the case of ‚no-deal” Brexit, in which the UK exits from the EU without concluding a withdrawal agreement with the EU, this MRA would cease to apply to Japan and the UK.
- The Exchange of Letters undertaken today, taking opportunity ofSecretary of State Trade Truss’s visit to Japan, confirms the possible measures to take in accordance with their laws and regulations in the case of ‚no-deal” Brexit, where the Japan-EU MRA would cease to apply to Japan and the UK, and this Exchange of Letters is not based on presupposition how the UK would exit from the EU.