Japan's Abe says he hopes a no-deal Brexit will be avoided

11 January 2019

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that he hoped Britain and the European Union would avoid a no-deal Brexit. Speaking through a translator at a news conference alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, he said it was the strong will of Japan to develop the partnership between both countries. Abe added the two countries truly hoped that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided and in fact that is the wish of the whole world.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY said "There is a good deal on the table, and for those who want to avoid no-deal, then backing the deal is the thing to do. And in relation to the calls I had today I want to see this deal getting through parliament with support from the DUP, with support from my Conservative colleagues, but I believe it's in the national interest, because it's a good deal, and therefore I hope that it will get wide support across the whole of parliament."

Abe also welcomed Britain's interest in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc.