The Dell Boys
The Dell Boys

May in Japan: How much does Japan want a United Kingdom trade deal?

May in Japan: How much does Japan want a United Kingdom trade deal?

Trump had already warned North Korea earlier that "all options are on the table" and said that the regime's latest missile launch is a further sign of Pyongyang's "contempt for its neighbours, for minimum standards of acceptable global behaviour".

The Prime Minister has also urged China to step up its action against North Korea and refused to rule out British military action to stop its illegal weapons testing programme. Japanese officials are, however, already warning her not to expect too much.

The visit will include an audience with the Emperor of Japan, a banquet with business leaders, a ride on the bullet train between Kyoto and Tokyo, as well as a bilateral summit and private dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"I welcome the fact that the United Nations Security Council has been united in its condemnation of the actions of North Korea".

"So the more we can hear from the politicians in terms of what they think they're going to negotiate, or what they are negotiating, where they're being successful, where there are gaps, the quicker we can get to that, the more predictable we can make our investments". May would be accompanied by "a delegation of business leaders drawn from a range of sectors".

"With the participation of Theresa, I will look forward to having a discussion on the way forward of how we can strongly and aggressively advance our security cooperation", he added.

The PM is expected to reiterate the UK's commitment to a swift conclusion of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement during the trip.

May arrived in Japan on Wednesday to discuss a potential post-Brexit trade deal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

As Tuesday's events over Hokkaido demonstrate, Japan finds itself in the most severe security environment since the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in 1945.

"We call on the DPRK to halt these risky and provocative actions, which heighten tensions, increase instability and the risk of miscalculation, and could possibly endanger lives", Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement.

Mrs. May hosted Mr. Abe at the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, in April and also met him at the G20 in Hamburg in July. It is not even asking Japan for a bespoke trade deal.

Theresa May has secured a much hoped-for formal commitment from Japan that both countries will seek to instantly replace an EU-Japan trade deal with a facsimile equivalent for the United Kingdom when Brexit happens.

The UK helped to work on the European Union deal.

Speaking ahead of May's visit, Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japanese deputy chief cabinet secretary said Tokyo had to react to "a sense of crisis among businesses" over Brexit, and gather information about the British negotiating strategy.


editors' picks