The government has said such high figures are misleading and that not all contracts would require measures to maintain continuity after Brexit. Some of these treaties have been replaced, are redundant or no longer relevant to the United Kingdom, and there are also several agreements that could be considered an agreement. In some cases, the United Kingdom itself has signed agreements and therefore does not need new agreements. A communication from the Department of International Trade published in June and subsequently updated indicates that trade with countries with which the government is seeking continuity agreements amounted to $138.7 billion in 2018, or 10.7% of total UK trade. The figures do not include Turkey, Japan and other countries with which a continuity agreement will not be possible until the day of withdrawal. The note states that the continuity agreements signed so far represent 64.2% of the 10.7%. In January 2018, the government said it had worked with 70 countries covered by more than 40 EU international trade agreements and had received a positive response to its goal of ensuring the continuity of these trade relations. The UK`s bilateral financial services agreement with Switzerland aims to strengthen cooperation and confidence by facilitating british companies` access to the Swiss market and vice versa. The bilateral financial services agreement was also created in light of the recent COVID 19 pandemic.
Given the economic challenges that are considered particularly important now that coronavirus restrictions are eased in Europe, such obligations are considered particularly important. These agreements will ensure the continuity of agreements with the United States, Canada, Brazil and Japan when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. After leaving the European Union, the UK plans to negotiate trade agreements to replace and complement members of the EU Customs Union. Since October 2020[update], the UK has concluded a new trade agreement (with Japan) for the continuation of 20 existing agreements (EU) and new negotiations are under way. The British government calls itself a proponent of free trade.   In February 2019, the Government specified that the United Kingdom would remain after the day of withdrawal, « where it is already a separate party, » to most « mixed » multilateral agreements. These include the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization and the climate change agreement. The UK would not remain in « mixed » bilateral agreements, such as some EU air and free trade agreements. On this basis, EU trade agreements can continue to apply to the UK. Changes to progress in agreements with Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.