Japan, the United States and the European Union should work together to protect and reinforce the “free and open” international order based on the rule of law , Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in Brussels on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference, Abe said that a united Europe is key to fighting the “attempts to change the international community by force,” and praised the continuing integration of the continent. The Japanese politician went on to call the EU and the US to join his country in showing the world that free trade is right for everyone. Commenting on Brexit, Abe said that he hopes the process of the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc will be “transparent” and that a “transition period” will be set so that all affected parties can get used to the change. However, he went on to say that, Japan hopes the UK and EU remain partners. Abe added that the cohesion of Europe must be preserved, especially on the security front, despite the fact that the UK is leaving the EU.