This Week’s Brexit Briefing – At A Glance

Abe Trumped

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined the growing list of foreign leaders urging the U.K. to stay in the EU. At a news conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, he said Japan would prefer the U.K. to remain in the bloc. “Many Japanese companies set up their operations in the U.K. precisely because the U.K. is a gateway to the EU,” he said.

“A vote to leave would make the UK less attractive as a destination for Japanese investment,” Mr. Abe said, adding there were 1,000 Japanese businesses in the U.K. employing about 140,000 people.

Presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, meanwhile, took the opposite side, telling Fox News that his feeling was the the U.K. would be better off out because of the recent migration crisis in the bloc. 

“A lot of that was pushed by Europe,” Mr. Trump said. 

“I know Great Britain very well, I know the country very well, I have a lot of investments there, I would say that they are better off without it, but I want them to make their own decision.”

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