Britain is looking at ways to replicate the trade deals that the European Union has with countries outside the bloc when it exits the EU in March 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.The freedom to strike new trade deals independently of the EU has been highlighted by the government as a major benefit of Brexit. But businesses have repeatedly voiced concern about how existing trade relationships will work after Britain has left the bloc.Speaking on a business trip to Japan designed to reassure investors that the British economy will flourish after Brexit, May indicated that the first step in recasting Britain as a world leader in free trade would be to copy EU trade agreements.
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