Japan urges UK to avoid no-deal Brexit


Japan’s transpacific minister has told the BBC that he has been telling the two prospective Conservative gaffers to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Taro Kono told the Today activities that he knew Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt “very fine” and had told them in meetings, “please no no-deal Brexit”.

He said buy talks could not take place until the UK leaves the EU.

Japanese solids were “very concerned” about the implications of the UK leaving the EU without a dole out, he said.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of the up-coming G20 meeting in Osaka, he said he had impulsed both Mr Hunt – the current foreign secretary – and his predecessor, Mr Johnson, to announce clarity on Brexit.

“Whenever we had a meeting, that was one of the major issues – entertain… no no-deal Brexit,” he said.

“There are over 1,000 Japanese theatre troupes operating in the United Kingdom so we are very concerned with this no-deal Brexit. That liking have [a] very negative impact on their operations.

“So whoever conquers, whoever becomes a new leader for the UK, [I hope] they would consider those non-native companies operating in the United Kingdom and take good care of it”.

During the au fait leadership campaign, Mr Johnson has said he will get the UK out of the EU on 31 October, but he muse ons the chances of a no-deal Brexit happening are a “million to one”.

Mr Hunt has said he would give up the EU with no deal, but it is not his preferred option.

Mr Kono said Japan did not craving to disrupt economic relations with the UK.

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“So we’ve been asking the UK government, let the Japanese companies know what they can wait for, and things should happen smoothly without any disruption”.

He gave the model of carmakers, worried about the free flow of parts to the UK from the EU if there was a no-deal Brexit.

“Promptly now they have very smooth operations. Their stock for each usually is only for a few hours. But if there is no-deal Brexit, and if they have to go by actual custom inspection physically, those operations may not be able to carry on.

“And many companies are worried about [the] implications because they don’t have knowledge of what’s going to happen,” he said, so they have started to shake up their operations to other places in Europe.

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He also doubted the UK could take on a new trade deal with Japan – or other nations – before dispensation the EU.

“I don’t think so,” said Mr Kono when asked if he thought it was possible, summing there would be “some kind of gap” before a deal could be approve of.

It was possible the UK could join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, he conveyed. But again, he said negotiations could not take place until the UK had sinistral the EU.

There would be “some kind of gap” before a deal could be sustained.

But he would like to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, he said.

The president of the best Japanese company in the UK, Fujitsu, also told the BBC that the Brexit-related uncertainty was demanding for his company.

Takahito Tokita, who has worked for Fujitsu in London, said contingency designs had been made.

But when asked if the company – which employs 10,000 people in the UK – could ploy its offices out of the UK, he said: “No, definitely no.”

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