The government advocates transparency in the mission of the European Union and ensures that businesses and citizens have the information they need to prepare for all scenarios. As a result, these pages are regularly updated based on new information about all other agreements as they are advanced. For specific questions regarding certain international agreements, please contact the relevant government department in the list. In July 2018, Liam Fox, then international trade minister, said that agreements in principle had been reached with third countries to pursue trade agreements, but that countries would wait to see if there would first be a transition period to take advantage of the extra time to negotiate a more tailored agreement rather than simply revising existing agreements. There are many reasons for this. Many of the agreements listed: the UK is also working to amend all agreements between the UK and third countries affected by the withdrawal. In addition, the UK is cooperating with international partners to ensure continuity through a number of broader agreements, such as regulatory agreements, soft drinks and data adequacy decisions. In November 2018, George Hollingbery, then trade minister, said the government was still optimistic about replacing most EU trade deals in time for Brexit day. He noted that the discussions had become more complex, as they had previously been based on a transitional period, but that the focus has now shifted “to the focus on key partners.” that no deal was a real possibility. He said it would be difficult to conclude agreements with some countries closely linked to the EU if there was no agreement with the EU. He also said that a previously announced agreement with the five members of the South African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique had not yet been reached. The dependencies of the British crown and the overseas territories have relations with the EU.
These relationships mean that crown dependencies and overseas territories are part of the EU for specific purposes and benefit from some of its international agreements. As a general rule, EU legislation applies to Gibraltar to the same extent as the UK. Gibraltar is not part of the EU Customs Union, however, and the rules on the free movement of goods do not apply to it.