Dutch PM: EU, Ja­pan work­ing hard to pre­vent no-deal Brexit

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Ja­pan and EU pow­ers are work­ing “very hard” to pre­vent Bri­tain leav­ing the bloc with­out a deal, Dutch Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte said Wed­nes­day with his vis­it­ing Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe.

Rutte said he was also work­ing closely with Ger­many and France to help Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May get the with­drawal agree­ment through par­lia­ment next week.

“I com­pletely agree with Prime Min­is­ter Abe that we have to pre­vent a no-deal Brexit and we are work­ing very hard not to come to a no-deal Brexit,” Rutte told a press con­fer­ence in the port city of Rot­ter­dam.

Abe trav­els to London on Thurs­day to meet May, who looks likely to lose a par­lia­men­tary vote next week on the with­drawal agree­ment she reached with the EU in Novem­ber.

“I am at this mo­ment work­ing very hard in close con­junc­tion with the French and the Ger­mans and oth­ers to help my Bri­tish col­league to bring the vote next week to a suc­cess­ful out­come,” Rutte said.

The Dutch pre­mier warned that the cur­rent deal with the EU was the “best deal” avail­able given Bri­tain’s red lines, par­tic­u­larly on the fu­ture of the Ir­ish bor­der. He said the de­ci­sion ul­ti­mately rested with the Bri­tish par­lia­ment but “we will con­tinue to work closely with Theresa May to help in what­ever way we can in the run-up to that vote.”

Abe noted Brexit would have a “great im­pact” on many Ja­panese firms that have in­vested in Bri­tain as well as on the Euro­pean econ­omy as a whole.

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