British prime minister Theresa May has told Japanese industrialists she wants a Brexit deal “as soon as possible”.
May was meeting senior management from Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Hitachi and Mitsubishi today, together with business leaders from technology and life science firms, and executives from SoftBank and Nomura.
A spokesman told reporters just before the meeting: “We've been clear about the sort of deal that we want to secure and that we want trade which is as frictionless as possible.
“I am sure the PM will be reiterating that when she meets the companies today and also the commitment to securing the implementation period as soon as possible to give them a period of time to adjust.”
Shortly after the Brexit referendum, May met Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn to give assurances over the future of production at its Sunderland plant.