LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will talk about Brexit and a bilateral commerce cope with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, amid rising uncertainty over Britain’s EU exit plans.
FILE PHOTO – Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to make a press release on Brexit negotiations with the European Union at Number 10 Downing Street, London September 21, 2018 . Jack Taylor/Pool by way of Reuters
“She will be discussing a post-Brexit trade deal amongst a range of subjects also including chemical weapons and foreign affairs,” a senior UK official stated on Monday.
“When they meet they often discuss Brexit negotiations and they both have a strong commitment to securing a strong UK-U.S. free trade agreement once we’ve left (the European Union).”
A commerce cope with the United States is seen as an necessary approach to assist offset the financial affect of leaving the EU in March subsequent yr. May’s government has lengthy touted the liberty to strike such offers independently of the EU as the principle financial advantage of Brexit.
Any supportive feedback from Trump might enhance May’s battle to win over critics who say her exit plan is unworkable, and soothe monetary markets which anticipate extreme disruption if she is unable to get a Brexit deal.
During a go to to Britain earlier this yr Trump stated the 2 international locations might safe a “great” post-Brexit commerce deal, lavishing reward on May and contradicting his personal earlier withering evaluation of her exit technique.
The U.N. assembly is prone to be dominated by Trump touting his drive to guard U.S. sovereignty, which has some world leaders nervous over America’s dedication to the multilateralism that has ruled the United Nations since World War Two.
May can even use her two-day journey to New York to warn in opposition to permitting using chemical weapons to develop into normalised, citing using a nerve agent in Britain earlier this yr and chemical assaults in Syria.
“The red lines around the use of chemical weapons are being eroded,” she stated forward of a gathering of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday.
“The international community needs to do more together – both to prevent future chemical weapons use and to ensure those who use them are held to account, but also to tackle the range of other threats to global security, including the proliferation of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction).”
She can even use a speech at a business event to defend capitalism and free markets, and maintain bilateral conferences with different leaders together with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Reporting by William James; Editing by Janet Lawrence