News by Press Association 09/01/2019, 10:31 pm Updated: 09/01/2019, 10:41 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe is expected to urge Theresa May to avoid a no-deal Brexit in talks at Downing Street on Thursday. The far eastern giant has more to fear than most from a disorderly UK withdrawal, with around 1,000 Japanese companies operating in the country, and many using it as a gateway to European markets. Major manufacturers like Nissan, Toyota and Honda have warned a no-deal Brexit could cost their UK operations millions in additional tariffs and disrupt the “just-in-time” supply chains on which they rely, sparking concerns they might reconsider their presence in the country. After talks with Mrs May at the G20 summit in Argentina last month, Mr Abe urged her to avoid no-deal and ensure “transparency, predictability (and) legal stability in the Brexit process”. Another public warning of the dangers of no-deal is likely to be seen in London as an effective endorsement of Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement ahead of the crucial vote in the House of Commons next week. Following the recent conclusion of an EU-Japan free trade agreement, Mr Abe is expected to… Read full this story
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