14.FCO officials then confirmed that there had been “no problem with the application of this agreement to crown dependencies” and that the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice, while continuing to cooperate regularly with the Crown Dependencies, do not foresee “relevant issues” looming. Brexit Minister Steve Barclay signed the agreement on behalf of the UK with representatives from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. 25.Article 46 of the agreement provides for certain intellectual property rights. In particular, the Euro annexed to the agreement stated that, with regard to geographical indications, “existing geographical indications remain protected in the United Kingdom until a future agreement comes into force and replaces these agreements. Existing geographical indications of the UNITED Kingdom will continue to be protected by the current EU regime. 7.Following an investigation by Committee staff into the delay between the conclusion and signing of the agreement and the reason for its provisional application, officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) stated that the agreement had only entered into force in a scenario in which the EU withdrawal agreement had entered into force and as such, “the signing of this agreement depended on the signing of the EU-USSR ACCORD.” 5. Subject to the timely ratification and conclusion of the withdrawal agreement, the EU and Euratom notify the parties to the international instruments covered in paragraph 4 that, during the transitional period, the United Kingdom will be treated as a Member State of the Union and Euratom for the purposes of these international agreements.” We are delighted to have reached this agreement. It will protect the rights of our citizens when the UK leaves the EU and businesses are safe. From the end of the implementation period, we want to create new rules to protect our historical relationships, including in the area of trade.
As these countries participate in the internal market and other EU-led initiatives, this agreement will reflect a small number of other relevant separation issues that we agreed with the EU in the withdrawal agreement. The separation issues covered by this agreement are the agreements relating to goods placed on the UK or EEA-EFTA markets, intellectual property, ongoing police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, data protection, public procurement and ongoing legal proceedings. This development is important, as the UK`s total trade with the EEA-EFTA states amounted to almost $30 billion in 2017.