Japan warns UK about EU exit

22 July 2013

A UK exit from the EU would put at risk thousands of British jobs in Japanese countries, the Japanese government has warned.

In a message to the British government, Japan warned that Japanese companies were attracted to the UK due its position in the EU Single Market.

"The UK, as a champion of free trade, is a reliable partner for Japan. More than 1,300 Japanese companies have invested in the UK, as part of the Single Market of the EU, and have created 130,000 jobs, more than anywhere else in Europe. This fact demonstrates that the advantage of the UK as a gateway to the European market has attracted Japanese investment. The Government of Japan expects the UK to maintain this favourable role," read the memo submitted to the UK by Japan in the context of UK Prime Minister David Cameron's balance of competences review.

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