Timeline for negotiations

We want a free trade agreement with the European Union as soon as possible.

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  • June 2018: Negotiations formally launched
  • July 2018: First round of negotiations, Brussels
  • October 2018: Second round of negotiations, Wellington
  • February 2019: Third round of negotiations, Brussels
  • May 2019: Fourth round of negotiations, Wellington
  • July 2019: Fifth round of negotiations, Brussels
  • December 2019: Sixth round of negotiations, Wellington
  • March-April 2020: Seventh round of negotiations (conducted virtually)
  • June 2020: Eighth round of negotiations (conducted virtually) 
  • November 2020: Ninth round of negotiations (conducted virtually) 
  • March 2021: Tenth round of negotiations (conducted virtually)
  • June-July 2021Eleventh round of negotiations (conducted virtually)

See a summary of the outcome of each round of negotiations.

With shared views in many areas of trade policy, it is hoped that we can reach conclusion on a high-quality and ambitious agreement quickly.

Once an agreement is reached, it will be released for public scrutiny, as will a National Interest Assessment.

The agreement will also undergo parliamentary treaty examination, be ratified by the Government and ultimately enter into force.

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