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Japan to axe ban on British beef imports as Shinzo Abe holds talks with Theresa May

Mirror logo Mirror 10/01/2019 Ben Glaze
a person wearing a suit and tie © Credits: X80003

Japan will axe its 23-year-old ban on British beef imports, its Prime Minister announces today as he holds talks with Theresa May .

Shinzo Abe will meet the PM in No 10 as she enjoys a brief break from Brexit turmoil.

As well as future trade, the pair will discuss the development of robots which can help OAPs stay in their homes for longer, avoiding residential care.

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They will also agree on research for treatments for chronic conditions like dementia and heart failure, and new forms of environmentally-friendly transport.

The axing of the ban on British beef, introduced in 1996 amid the mad cow disease crisis, will be welcomed by farmers.

Lifting the embargo, together with easing restrictions on UK lamb exports, could be worth £127million to farmers over five years, Downing Street said.

a person standing next to a cow © PA Mrs May said tonight: “The UK and Japan are natural partners - we face many of the same challenges, but also the same immense opportunities.

“By agreeing to forge a new, dynamic partnership, we not only back some of the most cutting-edge sectors in our economy, but will also improve people’s lives and shape the 21st Century for the better.”

The leaders will also agree the Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, will be sent to Japan this year to enforce sanctions against North Korea.

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