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UK looking to replicate EU's external trade deals after Brexit -PM May

OSAKA, Japan, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Britain is looking at ways to replicate the trade deals that the European Union has with external countries when it leaves the bloc in March 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.

"There's obviously a number of trade deals that the EU has with other countries, and we are looking at the possibility of those being able to be brought over into, certainly initially, trade deals with the United Kingdom," May told reporters on her way to Japan for meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"I think we will give businesses certainty, which is what business wants at the point at which we leave." (Reporting by William James; Editing by Eric Meijer)