Chairman’s Comments

SMMT-JAMA joint statement on the UK and Japanese governments starting to negotiate a UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement

“SMMT and JAMA welcome the start of these historic free-trade agreement negotiations between the British and Japanese governments.

Our two automotive industries have had a deep and mutually beneficial trade, technology and investment relationship for nearly forty years, thanks to continuous support from both governments.

In order to further enhance this long-term partnership, SMMT and JAMA believe that the conclusion of a new Japan-UK FTA based on the terms of the Japan-EU EPA – and its immediate implementation after the end of the transition period – would greatly benefit economic prosperity both in the UK and Japan.”

Dr George GILLESPIE, President, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
Akio TOYODA, Chairman, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, INC (JAMA)