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>> Britain's prime minister has touched down in Japan and Brexit is firmly on Theresa May's agenda. On the three day trip, she'll reassure Japanese investors that the UK economy will flourish after the divorce from the EU. Britain wants to replicate the trade deals that the European Union has with countries outside the block when it leaves in March 2019.
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May's government's pushed this freedom as a major benefit of the divorce, but businesses have repeatedly voiced concerns about how this would work. And Euro skeptics have criticized the attitude, they want to make a clean break. It's also unclear how easily or how quickly an already stretched British Civil Service could transpose EU deals into bilateral trade agreements.
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The EU has trade deals with external countries, like Switzerland and South Korea, and it's currently finalizing its own deal with Japan. May says she's pushing for this trade agreement to be completed, then she can use that as a model for future British-Japanese arrangements.