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Kono urges UK to avoid no-deal Brexit

  • April 6, 2019
  • , NHK WORLD , 4:23 a.m.
  • English Press

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged his British counterpart, Jeremy Hunt, to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

They met on the sidelines of a G7 foreign ministers meeting on Friday in the French Atlantic resort of Dinard.

Kono said a no-deal Brexit should be avoided to minimize the impact on Japanese companies operating in UK, as well as the global economy, of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

About 1,000 Japanese companies are doing business in Britain, employing 150,000 people.

Foreign Secretary Hunt said the country is making all effort to resolve the issues, and explained the ongoing negotiations with EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is asking the EU to further delay her country’s exit from the bloc. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, May proposed an extension to June 30.

It is unclear whether Tusk will accept May’s proposal, but he has reportedly indicated that he would be open to a flexible extension along the same lines.

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