January 9, 2019 / 7:13 PM / 9 months ago

Japan's Abe, Dutch PM Rutte working to avoid no-deal Brexit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte hold a joint news conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed to do what they can to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Japan and the Netherlands, among the world’s leading five exporters, are both significantly exposed to the disruption to international trade that a disorderly British departure from the European Union would cause.

Speaking in the Netherlands a day before meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, Abe told reporters he and Rutte “want to see the influence of Brexit to the global economy minimised.”

“We will continue to work closely with Theresa May to help in whatever way we can in the run-up to the (UK parliamentary) vote” on the exit deal she struck with Brussels, Abe said.

Rutte said the Netherlands is “working hard in close conjunction with our German and French colleagues to bring the vote next week to a good conclusion.”

Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Writing by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Catherine Evans and John Stonestreet

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