May basks in praise at summit
AUSTRALIA’S prime minister yesterday praised Theresa May’s “determination and clear sight” to tackle the vexed issues of Brexit and get a good deal.
Scott Morrison’s comments about his counterpart at the G20 summit came as Mrs May built up international support for her proposal and future trade deals with the biggest economies.
It followed an announcement by the New Zealand government that it has launched a consultation on a free trade with Britain once it is free of Brussels rule.
Australia, New Zealand and the USA are at the front of the queue to strike new trade deals once Britain has left the EU.
Mr Morrison praised her “determination to do that in typical British fashion with clear sight of the end goal and to bring some stability on what is a very difficult issue.”
Meanwhile, Japan’s prime minister has pleaded with Mrs May to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
Shinzo Abe said stability and predictability were vital during talks about boosting trade.
Japanese car firms with UK operations fear they will be harmed without an agreement.
Mr Abe told Mrs May: “I would like to take this opportunity to express my tribute to your leadership in realising the withdrawal agreement as well as the EU’s agreement on the political declaration.”
Mrs May said the Brexit deal was a “good deal” for Japanese businesses based in the UK.