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Speaking during the first of three days in Japan, the Prime Minister said that she was "not a quitter" and that she would be making efforts to "get the Brexit deal right" and "deliver the right deal for the people of the United Kingdom". "Let's get some progress for the British people first; I think that's the priority".

In the immediate aftermath of her party's failure to win June's general election outright, several MPs called on her to consider her position.

He said: "I think colleagues may well be surprised by this interview last night and I think it is too early to be talking about going on and on, as Margaret Thatcher once said".

Some reports had suggested she could stand down in 2019 after European Union withdrawal.

"The best scenario for us is that Britain cancels its Brexit decision", said Ichiro Hara, head of the worldwide affairs bureau at Japan's top business lobby Keidanren. "We have got to think about how we renew our franchise".

Many of Mrs May's Cabinet members are thought to be starting to jockey to replace her. Even those who think she was bounced into it believe that the Prime Minister was trying to quash speculation about having a precise leaving date. She really wants to deliver it.

The results suggest Mrs May standing down before the next election may not attract young voters among whom the Conservative Party appears again to be a toxic brand, but could hold more appeal to older voters put off by the Prime Minister's manifesto pledges around pensions and social care.

But the gamble backfired, she lost her majority and is now propped up by the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists.

Putting trade at the heart of her visit, May is bringing with her the global trade secretary, Liam Fox, and a 15-strong delegation of business leaders, who will aim to impart the message that the United Kingdom can remain a key entry point for Japanese businesses to Europe even after Brexit.

He also made positive sounds about continued investment in the UK after Brexit - but made clear that Japanese companies saw the UK as a "gateway to the EU" and they would be would be "watching carefully" how the UK approaches Brexit. May is scheduled to sit down with Toyota's chairman during her three-day tour which starts in Osaka before moving to Tokyo where she meets with Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who visited Britain this year.

The Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, said it was "staggering" that the government hoped to base a new trade deal on the European Union version.


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