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Donald Tusk hits back at Brexit supporters after EU strikes Japan trade deal

He said the EU was “more and more engaged globally”

European Council president Donald Tusk has hit out at Brexit backers who claimed that the EU was unable to strike trade deals.

Mr Tusk said a new trade agreement between the European Union and Japan showed their position was wrong as he warned against “isolationism and disintegration”.

At a press conference in Brussels he said: “In the context of the discussion about Brexit, we have heard statements claiming that it isn’t worth being in the European Union, as it is easier to do global trade outside of the EU. Today we have shown that this is not true.”

He said the EU was “more and more engaged globally”, with trade negotiations ongoing with the South American Mercosur bloc, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.

Mr Tusk said: “Although some are saying that the time of isolationism and disintegration is coming again, we are demonstrating that this is not the case.

“That the world really doesn’t need to go a hundred years back in time. Quite the opposite. It doesn’t have to be so.”

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