The government calls the result an “agreement with Australia” (Australia negotiates largely WTO rules with the EU). But – as Economy Minister Alok Sharma acknowledged – the difference between an inconclusive agreement and an Australia agreement is “a matter of semantics at the end of the day.” In practice, it is likely that the majority of WTO members would likely wish to continue trade with the UK on WTO terms – and even with certified timetables, trade disputes are still a risk. Nevertheless, it is doubtful that a lack of certification will tend to weaken the UK`s position in the WTO in general, particularly when it comes to engaging in negotiations with other WTO members. Removing trade barriers is one of the most obvious ways to promote trade. Barriers include tariffs (or tariffs) and measures such as import bans or quotas that selectively limit quantities. Other issues, such as bureaucracy and exchange rate policy, have also been discussed from time to time. The WTO has negotiated a trade facilitation treaty, which recently came into force. While this could help the UK to some extent to conclude trade policy agreements after Brexit, much will likely depend on practical agreements and the level of voluntary cooperation, particularly with regard to the implementation of new border bureaucracies made necessary by the UK`s decision to leave the EU internal market and customs union. The WTO is also a centre for economic research and analysis: the organization establishes regular assessments of the global trade image in its annual publications and research reports on specific topics.  Finally, the WTO works closely with the other two components of the Bretton Woods system, the IMF and the World Bank.  The period for negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) for a trade agreement is quickly delayed, putting the possibility of not reaching an agreement back on the agenda. The UK is currently in a transition phase with the EU until the end of the year, which means that it still complies with EU rules and that trade remains the same. The transition should give both sides some time to negotiate a future trade agreement.
Many of the other WTO agreements aim to promote fair competition: agriculture, intellectual property, the services sector.