Ja­panese PM: Bri­tain must avoid no-deal

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Ju­dith Duffy PO­LIT­I­CAL EDI­TOR

Ja­pan’s prime min­is­ter urged Theresa May to pre­vent a no-deal Brexit as the pair met at the G20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina yes­ter­day.

Shinzo Abe de­liv­ered his plea af­ter warn­ings from Ja­panese com­pa­nies over the ad­di­tional costs and bu­reau­cracy they would face if Bri­tain with­draws from the EU with­out a deal.

Abe told May: “I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my tribute to your lead­er­ship in re­al­is­ing the With­drawal Agree­ment.

“Also I would like to once again ask for your sup­port to avoid no deal, as well as to en­sure trans­parency, pre­dictabil­ity as well as le­gal sta­bil­ity in the Brexit process.”

May as­sured him that the agree­ment she sealed in Brus­sels was “a good deal for busi­nesses in the UK”.

Trade was top of the agenda for the Prime Min­is­ter’s talks, as she met lead­ers of some of the coun­tries with which the UK hopes to strike deals fol­low­ing Brexit in Buenos Aires.

The leader of the Best for Bri­tain cam­paign for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, Eloise Todd, said: “Even the Ja­panese PM can tell that the Gov­ern­ment hasn’t got the Brexit process on track.

“The only way out of the Brexit grid­lock is to give the de­ci­sion back to the peo­ple through a cam­paign based on in­formed con­sent, facts not fear, and ex­pos­ing the hu­man im­pact that Brexit would have.”

Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son said that she had shown “great re­silience and great de­ter­mi­na­tion on one of the most vexed is­sues I think there is”.

He praised her “de­ter­mi­na­tion to do that in typ­i­cal Bri­tish fash­ion”, adding: “I think you know you have our sup­port in con­tin­u­ing to bring it to a good res­o­lu­tion.”

Theresa May meets with Ja­pan PM Shinzo Abe at the G20 yes­ter­day

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