Japan has offered to lend trade negotiators to Britain to agree a post-Brexit deal with the European Union.
The ambassador, Koji Tsuruoka, made the offer after years of Japanese haggling with Brussels which have just resulted in one of the world’s biggest free trade agreements.
Remain supporters will seize on the development as evidence that Britain was ill-prepared for the practical challenges of leaving the bloc when Theresa May set the two-year clock ticking by invoking Article 50 in March.
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