Jeremy Hunt: Brexit paralysis ‘highly damaging’ to UK’s global image

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt | Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Jeremy Hunt: Brexit paralysis ‘highly damaging’ to UK’s global image

Country’s trading partners want Brexit resolved quickly, foreign secretary says.


4/15/19, 11:36 AM CET

Updated 4/15/19, 1:23 PM CET

U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned today that continued indecision around Britain’s exit from the EU would be “highly damaging” to the country’s standing around the world.

Speaking to the BBC’s 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 I’m 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 it’s 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 leader’s 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,

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