UK Prime Minister Theresa May speaks while Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens during their joint news conference in London on January 10. Britain’s attempts at negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with Japan hit a roadblock when Tokyo expressed frustration with UK officials’ negotiation tactics. Photo: Pool via Bloomberg
Andrew Hammond
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Andrew Hammond

Mixed pre-Brexit messaging with Japan and China has muddled the UK’s post-Brexit future

  • Trade with major partners like Tokyo and Beijing was a major selling point for Brexit, but a series of faux pas has officials scrambling to undo the damage before the EU departure date

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May speaks while Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens during their joint news conference in London on January 10. Britain’s attempts at negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with Japan hit a roadblock when Tokyo expressed frustration with UK officials’ negotiation tactics. Photo: Pool via Bloomberg
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Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an associate at LSE IDEAS (the Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly a UK goverment special adviser at a time when Britain last held the presidency of the European Union.