February 26, 2018 / 5:04 PM / a year ago

Britain's May tells Abe: Japanese companies welcome after Brexit

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassure Japan on Monday that Britain would remain welcoming to Japanese companies after Brexit, in a phone call between the two leaders.

“The prime minister updated Prime Minister Abe on her meeting with senior Japanese business leaders at Downing Street earlier this month and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring the UK remains welcoming to Japanese companies,” a spokesman for her office said.

Japan warned May earlier this month that its companies would have to leave Britain if trade barriers after Brexit made them unprofitable, following a meeting at Downing Street.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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