The Withdrawal Agreement sets out how the UK is able to continue to be covered by EU-third country trade agreements during the transition period.
On this basis, EU trade agreements can continue to apply to the UK.
Where EU trade agreements apply, UK and EU content will continue to count toward the rules of origin requirements in EU trade agreements during the transition period, in exactly the same way as now.
The EU has issued a notification to third countries outlining this approach.
After the transition period ends, EU trade agreements will not apply to the UK.
The UK is seeking to reproduce the effects of existing EU agreements for when they no longer apply to the UK.
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.