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Trade war

Japan-EU trade deal on track to take effect before Brexit

Tokyo and London to follow up with similar 2-way pact

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says the European Union's agreement with Japan should ratified by the end of the year if all goes well.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS -- Japan and the European Union are closing in on their goal of putting their economic partnership agreement into force before the U.K. leaves the regional bloc next March.

The European Commission endorsed the final draft on Wednesday. Provisions on investment dispute resolution, a lingering point of contention, were separated out.

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