May basks in praise at sum­mit

Sunday Express - - A BREXIT DEAL IS STILL A COSTLY THREAT - By Sam Lis­ter and David Mad­dox

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.

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