Theresa May is heading to the White House for the first official talks with US President Trump on trade.
The UK Prime Minister gave a speech at the Republican Party ‘Congress of Tomorrow’ conference in Philadelphia last night (Thursday January 26) where she spoke about the “special relationship” between the UK and the U.S.
She said Britain would build a new partnership with Europe as it remains “overwhelming in our interests, and for the those in the wider world, that the EU should succeed” and said she was looking forward to pursuing a UK-US free trade agreement in the coming months.
“And for as long as we remain (EU) members we will continue to play our full part, just as we will continue to co-operate on security, foreign policy and trade once we have left,” she said.
“I am delighted that the new administration has made a trade agreement between our countries one of its earliest priorities. A new trade deal between Britain and America must work for both sides and serve both of our national interests.
“It will take detailed work, but we welcome your openness to those discussions and hope we can make progress so that the new, global Britain that emerges after Brexit is even better equipped to take its place confidently in the world.”
It has been reported Trump, who officially took office on Monday, will spend around one hour with May in the first visit by a foreign leader. She is due to arrive around 6pm (GMT) today (Friday January 27).