British Prime Minister Theresa May will become the first foreign leader to meet with President Donald Trump on Friday, a sit down that will center on the possibility of a trade deal between a post-Brexit U.K. and the United States.
May has adopted a pro-business stance ever since voters in the U.K. decided last May to leave the European Union, arguing that Brexit would allow the country to forge its own lucrative trade deals without being subject to cumbersome EU regulations.
“We’ll have an opportunity to talk about our possible future trading relationship, but also some of the world’s challenges we all face – issues like defeating terrorism, the conflict in Syria,” May said during an appearance on the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” over the weekend.
“When I sit down with Donald Trump, I’m going to be talking about how we can build on that special relationship,” she continued.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met with Trump senior advisors Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner earlier this month. No word has surfaced as to what transpired during the confidential meeting, but most pundits agree that it was in regards to a potential U.S.-U.K. trade deal.
Although Brexit was lamented as a doomsday scenario by many Brits when it was passed, a majority of voters still insist that they would have chosen Leave, even though a plurality of voters believe that they will be left worse off financially when the U.K. leaves the EU.