TOKYO – Japan’s top government spokesman said Wednesday Tokyo will continue to urge Britain not to leave the European Union without a deal, after hard-line Brexiteer Boris Johnson was set to take over as the country’s new prime minister.
“We have been watching the situation surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU with great interest, and have asked both Britain and the EU to ensure that the negative impact, including of a no-deal exit, on Japanese companies and the global economy is kept to a minimum,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.
“Our stance on the issue remains unchanged, and we will be closely watching the new government’s actions,” he added.
Johnson, a former London mayor and foreign minister, is slated to succeed Theresa May as prime minister later Wednesday after winning the Conservative Party’s leadership race the previous day.
He was one of the biggest figures in the “Leave” campaign for the 2016 referendum and has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union “come what may” by the Oct. 31 deadline.