Britain, South Africa finalising interim post-Brexit trade deal




South Africa is close to signing an interim trade agreement with Britain that would replicate arrangements with Europe and ensure trade will not be disrupted in the event of a hard Brexit, South African Trade Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday.

With just a month to go before Britain is due to leave the European Union, London has been trying to strike agreements with trade partners around the world to replicate the terms it now has as a member of the bloc.

“We are very, very close to concluding a bilateral agreement with the UK which is essentially a roll over . . . of the partnership agreement,” he said in a phone interview, referring to South Africa’s current agreement with the EU.

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