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Japan PM tells No.10 ‘whole world’ wants UK to avoid no-deal Brexit

Support: Shinzo
Abe and Theresa
May on their visit
to Twickenham PICTURE: REX

JAPAN’S prime minister has offered his ‘total support’ to Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.

Speaking after talks with Mrs May at Twickenham Stadium and No.10, Shinzo Abe said the ‘whole world’ was hoping the UK would not leave the bloc without a deal.

He said Japanese companies, which employ more than 150,000 people in the UK, valued the legal stability offered by the transition period in the deal agreed by Mrs May with Brussels.

‘Japan and the UK have been building a very strong partnership, not only in the political arena but also the economic one,’ said Mr Abe. ‘For Japan, the UK is the gateway to the European market and it is the strong will of Japan to further develop this partnership.

‘That is why we truly hope a no-deal Brexit will be avoided. In fact, that is the whole wish of the whole world.’

He also said he had the ‘respect for the strong will and hard work’ done by Mrs May to ‘win parliamentary approval’ for her deal, which MPs vote on next week.