British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit President Donald Trump on Friday in his first meeting with a foreign leader, and she's indicated the discussion will center on a future, post-Brexit trading relationship between England and the U.S.
May, following the late 2016 surprise decision by U.K. voters to leave the European Union, declared Britain "open for business," and indicated that she is pursuing a clean break with the EU to allow the U.K. autonomy to strike its own international trade deals.
According to Bloomberg, May told BBC's "Andrew Marr Show" that she is intending to build on the existing alliance between the U.S. and the U.K. to discuss not just a future trading relationship, but also common challenges the two countries face:
“We’ll have an opportunity to talk about our possible future trading relationship, but also some of the world’s challenges that we all face -- issues like defeating terrorism, the conflict in Syria,” and NATO, May said in an interview on the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday. “When I sit down with Donald Trump, I’m going to be talking about how we can build on that special relationship.”
Trump's senior advisors, former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, reportedly met with U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Jan. 8 in New York, said a Trump aide. Those meetings are confidential but word is the three men are in the process of preparing for whatever agreement May and Trump reach regarding a potential trade deal.
There is also word that the Trump team is considering brokering a deal that would make it easier for U.S. and British banks to conduct business, according to the Telegraph.
May was elected prime minister in July following a surprise vote by the U.K. in June to leave the EU and strike their own economic and national security path. A recent CNN poll found that a majority of voters would still vote for the Brexit referendum six months later.
Trump recently picked Woody Johnson, billionaire owner of the New York Jets NFL team, as U.S. ambassador to the U.K.