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Abe to meet May

ReutersLONDON (Reuters) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to urge British counterpart Theresa May on Thursday to do everything she can to avoid a disorderly Brexit, which some of Japan’s leading companies have warned could be a disaster.

Japanese firms have spent more than £46 billion (¥6.33 billion) in Britain, encouraged by successive British governments since Margaret Thatcher promising them a business-friendly base from which to trade across Europe.

The future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain — with options ranging from a disorderly exit from the EU to another membership referendum — because British lawmakers are expected on Jan. 15 to vote down the deal May struck with the EU in November.

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