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Wednesday, 29 May 2024 – 23:09

Theresa May talks Brexit and future trade plans with Africa

UK prime Minister Theresa May has deemed her approach to Brexit negotiations “sensible” and “good” for the UK.

She believes that the outcome of Brexit will be positive as it gives the UK opportunities to invest in other countries and opportunities around the world.

Mrs May stated:

“One of the benefits of leaving the EU is that we will be able to negotiate our own trade deals in the future.
We look to a global Britain outside the EU making the most of those trade deals around the rest of the world.”

She went to South Africa for a three day visit.

On Tuesday, Mrs May told the BBC that she expects to stick with her plans and hopes for an agreement to be made by October. However, she mentioned that it would be safe to prepare for a no-deal situation.

On the first day of her visit, she announced that an extra £4 billion would go towards supporting African economies. 

May has insisted that striking a trade deal with South Africa would be beneficial for a “global Britain” once the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

The prime minister plans to visit other African countries within the next couple of weeks such as Nigeria and Kenya.

Mrs May also announced that the UK would change its spending pattern by focusing more on long-term economic growth rather than short-term solutions to reduce poverty.

During an interview with the BBC’s political correspondent Ben Wright, she was asked about Philip Hammond’s warnings from last week where he outlined the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, to which she downplayed by stating that the analyses were released earlier this year in January and were “a work in progress” at the time.

She proceeded to quote a comment made by the head of the World Trade Organisation. 

“[Brexit] won’t be a walk in the park, but won’t be the end of the world either”.

“We are working for a good deal, we have put forward our proposal for a good deal… I believe that deal is to the benefit, not only of the UK, but the EU” she stated.

She continued:

“What the government is doing is putting in place the preparations to make sure we can make a success whatever our future relationship is with the eU and whatever the outcome of the negotiations.”


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