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Japan PM says post-Brexit Britain welcome to join Pacific trade pact

AFP  |  Tokyo 

would welcome Britain to the Pacific trade deal "with open arms" after Brexit, Shinzo has said in an interview published on Monday.

told that Britain would lose its role as a gateway to after Brexit, but would still be a country "equipped with global strength."

Eleven countries circling the Pacific signed a slimmed-down version of the or TPP in March -- opting to proceed with the trade deal after it was left for dead when US pulled out to pursue his "America First" agenda.

The US has since sparked fears of a trade war by levying steep tariffs and denouncing unfair trading practices.

In the interview, also urged Britain and the EU to make a compromise to avoid a no-deal

"I hope that both sides can contribute their wisdom and at least avoid a so-called disorderly Brexit," Abe said.

"I truly hope that the negative impact of to the global economy, including Japanese businesses, will be minimised," he added.

Negotiations between Britain and the EU are currently gridlocked after rejected Theresa May's post-plan, with the clock ticking down until departure in March 2019.

Last month Japanese warned that a no-deal Brexit would temporarily halt production at its plant in Derby,

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 15:35 IST