The “whole world” wants the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Japan’s PM has claimed, after talks with Theresa May.

 

Shinzo Abe pledged “total support” for the withdrawal agreement she has negotiated with the EU, which faces a crunch vote in the Commons on Tuesday.

 

Mrs May has been speaking to Labour MPs and union leaders in a bid to try to get her deal through the Commons, where scores of her own MPs oppose it.

 

It comes as Honda UK announced a six-day post Brexit shut down.

 

The Japanese-owned car giant said the move was to ensure it could adjust to “all possible outcomes caused by logistics and border issues”.

 

Mrs May said leaving the EU provided “an unprecedented opportunity” for the countries to strengthen relations.

 

She and Mr Abe pledged to build on the trade agreement between Japan and the EU to secure an “ambitious bilateral arrangement” between Japan and the UK after Brexit.

 

Mr Abe said: “It is the strong will of Japan to further develop this strong partnership with the UK, to invest more into your country and to enjoy further economic growth with the UK.

 

“That is why we truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided, and in fact that is the whole wish of the whole world.

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