Jeremy Hunt: Brexit paralysis highly damaging to UKs global image
U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned today that continued indecision around Britains exit from the EU would be “highly damaging” to the countrys standing around the world.
Speaking to the BBCs Today program from Japan, where he is on an official trip, Hunt urged MPs to resolve their differences and agree on a deal, saying the U.K.s trading partners just want Britain to make up its mind on Brexit and get on with it.
He said Japan, and other countries, “are very, very keen to protect their trading relationship with the U.K., [and] the point that Im impressing on Japanese people I meet is our absolute determination to resolve this quickly.
“Whatever the outcome of Brexit, Britain is going to be the best place in Europe to invest … But its absolutely clear that Brexit paralysis, if it continues for a long time, will be highly damaging to our international standing,” Hunt said, adding that trading partners worry that Britain “will become submerged in the mire of Brexit indecision” and want the impasse resolved as soon as possible.
Hunt told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in a meeting at the leaders residence in Tokyo: “We recognise that Japan has many investments employing hundreds of thousands of people in the U.K. We want strong cooperation to continue.”
The British foreign secretary said he had discussed Brexit with Abe, and with officials at automaker Toyota, “but we [Hunt and Abe] also spoke for much longer about … global security, defending the Western way of life — things where Britain and Japan have an enormous amount in common.”
“The Japanese and other countries … want us to make up our minds as to what kind of Brexit we want to have,” he said.
Hunt noted that ongoing talks between the Conservative British government and theRead More – Source