Theresa May assures EU of British commitment to free trade

By Tyler Henderson | Jan 19, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to convince Europe of a national commitment to free trade.

On Thursday, two days after May indicated that Britain would be exiting the European single market, she reassured businesses across the continent of a British commitment to free trade. With European nations fearing that the Brexit vote meant a rejection of the continent by Britain, May asserted that they would continue business cooperation with countries with which they already had relationships and bring new countries to the table. According to May, Britain has already begun new large scalebusiness contract talks withwith China, Brazil, Australia,India, and New Zealand.

"[Britain] must face up to a period of momentous change [that will be] uncertain at times," said May. "[The Brexit vote was to] take control and make decisions for ourselves [and to become] even more global and internationalist in action and spirit, too."

According to May, with its newfound freedom, Britain will seek to pursue a bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union.

"It is about embracing genuine free trade, because that is the basis of our prosperity but also the best way to cement the multilateral partnerships and cooperation that help to build a better world," said May. "I want the U.K. to emerge from this period of change as a truly global Britain the best friend and neighbor to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe, too."

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