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UK faces long road in 'ambitious' post-Brexit trade push into Asia

Top diplomat visits region, but demands and technical issues may hurt plans

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines his government's negotiating stance with the European Union after Brexit during a speech in London on Monday.   © Reuters

LONDON -- The U.K.'s foreign secretary landed in Australia on Thursday as part of a four-nation swing through the Asia-Pacific region to push for "ambitious" trade deals, but translating the government's post-Brexit swagger into concrete deals may be a long and bumpy process.

"Now is the time to put Global Britain into action. The Asia-Pacific region is full of opportunities and our message is that the U.K. is open for business and a great place to invest," Dominic Raab said ahead of the trip that also includes Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

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