The aim of the DCFTA would be to support economic reforms in Jordan, bring Jordanian legislation in trade-related areas closer to that of the EU and create additional trade and investment opportunities by integrating Jordan more closely into the EU internal market. Jordan remains a gateway to Iraq and has signed agreements for joint projects to revive economic relations, including a free trade area. Most of the big Iraqi companies have their base in Amman and prefer to do business with British companies. Many companies operate in Iraq from Jordan. documents containing contractual information and a summary of the trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Jordan. The EU and Jordan have developed their free trade agreements through supplementary agreements on agriculture, agri-food products and on a bilateral dispute settlement mechanism, which entered into force in 2007 and 2011 respectively. Customs duties applicable to bilateral trade in goods between the United Kingdom and Jordan will continue to apply from the entry into force of the Agreement. However, in some cases, non-preferential rates may actually be lower due to changes to the UK`s most-favoured-nation tariff schedule. See the list of minimum operations referred to in Article 7 of the Protocol on Rules of Origin in the text of the Agreement between the United Kingdom and Jordan.
As the UK government prepares to leave the EU and works to strengthen its trade and investment partnerships with third countries, it must strive to improve its relations with important allies like Jordan, beyond the narrow focus on security cooperation. In close cooperation with the Jordanian Government, the UK needs to focus on passing on to businesses and industrial groups the advantages it has gained over trade and investment between the UK and Jordan. This is essential if the UK Government is to help promote the creation of desperately needed jobs and make a valuable contribution to regional economic growth, resilience and stability. During the Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK, some feared that no agreement would be reached on the withdrawal conditions and that the UK would hastily leave the EU without a deal (the initial no-deal Brexit scenario). With this result, the UK secured a pure agreement with Norway and Iceland, which would only be valid on the basis of a no-deal exit from the EU. Given that the UK agreed on terms and ratified the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in November 2019 and left the EU at the end of January 2020, this agreement has become obsolete and therefore will not enter into force. In 2011, the Council of the European Union adopted negotiating directives for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with Jordan. This would build on the existing Association Agreement, in particular in regulatory areas, and address important issues that are not covered, such as trade in services, government procurement and investment protection. Trade relations between the EU and Jordan are governed by the Association Agreement, which entered into force in May 2002. This agreement created a free trade area that opens up reciprocal trade in goods between the EU and Jordan.