Association agreements are comprehensive framework agreements between the EU (or its predecessors) and its member states, as well as an external state that governs their bilateral relations. The provision of an association agreement was inserted into the Treaty of Rome, which created the European Economic Community, to enable the Community`s cooperation with the United Kingdom, which had withdrawn from the treaty negotiations at the Messina Conference in 1955. According to the European External Action Service, an agreement to be classified as AA must meet several criteria: The first states to sign such an agreement were Greece (1961) and Turkey (1963).  The government and the EU have already proposed that a future agreement on relations could take the form of an A.A. This could be combined with a CCFTA. In all Brexit scenarios, the UK government wants to negotiate a future deal with the EU. This is the case when the UK leaves the EU with or without an agreement. These negotiations can only begin once the UK has left the EU and is a `third country`. In addition to these two policies, free trade agreements have been signed with other states and trading blocs, including Chile and South Africa. In recent history, these agreements have been signed within the framework of two EU policies: the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAp) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Trade agreements between the EU and other countries or free trade zones have different implications for national economies. The agricultural industry is most affected when regional farms face competition from large producers who have access to markets in the event of lower tariffs. In major agreements such as the AA with Mercosur, European countries are significantly opposed to cheaper imports of meat and other products.
 However, for the automotive and export manufacturing industries, which generally include larger global groups, significant increases in volume are evident for more industrialized members of trade.  An Association Agreement of the European Union (short for Association Agreement or AA) is a treaty between the European Union (EU), its Member States and a third country, which establishes a framework for cooperation between them. Among the areas that often fall under these agreements is the development of political, commercial, social, cultural and security relations. The legal basis for the conclusion of association agreements is determined by art.