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British trade minister wants FTA with Japan soon after Brexit

  • August 21, 2019
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London, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press) — British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told Japanese trade minister Hiroshige Seko over the phone Tuesday of her country’s willingness to quickly conclude a free trade agreement with Japan after Britain’s planned exit from the European Union on Oct. 31.

The two held phone talks apparently for the first time since the British minister took office in late July.

In the talks, Truss also expressed Britain’s interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade framework and confirmed her intention to visit Japan before the Brexit date to discuss the FTA and the TPP.

“After we leave the EU, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put British businesses at the center of the world’s fastest growing regions, and a close partnership with Japan will be a key part of this future,” Truss said following the call.

The Japanese government has been calling on Britain to avoid leaving the EU without an agreement between the two sides, fearing that a no-deal Brexit would severely impact Japanese companies.

It is unclear whether Brexit was discussed in the phone call.

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