FTA poll: Put Japan first

UK-Japan News June 2020

The vast majority of readers who took part in a Daily Express survey on 14 May backed International Trade Secretary Liz Truss’ bid to strike a free trade deal with Japan which goes further than the existing EU agreement.

In the poll, 1,130 people (87%) said Britain should prioritise a trade deal with Tokyo, 133 (10%) disagreed and 44 (3%) said they didn’t know.

One reader said, “Japan will be a good market for our fish, if we are wise enough not to give it away to the pilfering EU”. Another said, “The more trade deals that the UK signs, the more pressure is placed on those negotiators who try to play hard ball with the UK over any trade deal”.