August 31, 2017 / 11:59 AM / 10 months ago

UK and Japan aim for trade deal straight after Brexit-source

(The August 31st story corrects first name of Nissan CEO to Hiroto, not Hirohito in paragraph three.)

TOKYO (Reuters) - Britain and Japan are aiming to put in place a bilateral trade agreement “pretty much immediately” after Brexit, a government source said on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May tries to reassure businesses and politicians during a visit to Tokyo.

“Our intention would be for our deal to come into force pretty much immediately,” a government source said on Thursday. “That’s the UK position and they’ve (Japan) agreed to it.”

The source also said that May had met Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa and Hitachi Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi during her trip.

The meetings were “enthusiastic and positive”, the source said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on during their joint press conference at the state guest house in Tokyo, Japan August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool

Reporting by William James in Tokyo; writing by Costas Pitas in London; editing by Kate Holton

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