Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

Brexit news: The one country Boris Johnson will find ‘easier’ to strike deal with exposed | UK | News

hailed as a key opportunity for Britain to strengthen trade ties with international partners and expand its economic influence across the world. With the UK gearing up to leave the European Union on October 31, the British Government has dialled up efforts to reach out to potential allies, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab jetting off to the Asia Pacific to talk potentiating the relationship with the region. And former ambassador Sir David Warren suggested one key player in the are could turn out to be the “easier” target for Mr Johnson’s trade plans. 

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Sir David said: “ should be one of the easier countries to strike a trade deal with. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be instant.

“There is an EU-Japan deal which was signed earlier this year and that was after seven years of negotiations.”

Sir David insisted the Japanese Government is “well-inclined” at prospects to get a new deal with the UK but also suggested Britain should prepare to make concessions to secure a quick turnaround. 

Japan is one of the biggest investors in the UK, with carmakers , Toyota and Honda building roughly half of Britain’s 1.5 million cars last year.

The former Ambassador to Japan continued: “It’s taken a long time to negotiate that deal with 28 countries and the Japanese, who are very friendly and well-inclined towards Britain, are going to want a little more from Britain negotiating alone on trade than of the UK as part of the EU.

“We’re smaller – we are a large economy, a powerful economy but we are a smaller part of the European Union economy which they wanted to negotiate a deal with.

“It’s complex because every detail of a trade deal affects a constituency somewhere in Japan and Europe, whether it’s farmers, manufacturers, part of the service sector. These are not treaties that can be drawn up on one side of an A4 and signed with the stroke of a pen.”

International Trade Secretary signalled she will be moving forward to begin talks with Japan, Australia and New Zealand after securing a continuity trade agreement with last week.

The West Norfolk MP said the deal, which will come into effect after Brexit, was “fantastic news for British businesses” whom, she claimed, stood to benefit from the UK’s departure from the bloc.

Ms Truss said Brexit would present Britain with an “opportunity to realise new gold standard trade deals” with third parties.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the frontbencher said: “British businesses stand to make huge gains from this deal.

“They will be able to continue trading on the same terms as they did before, and I hope moving forward we can work to build on this agreement and take it to new levels in the future.

“The UK is making great strides towards forging new trade relationships around the world and exploring the best ways to develop our current trade and investment relationships.”


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