Belfast Telegraph

UK wants close Canada trade links after Brexit, Theresa May tells Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Theresa May has told Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau the UK wants a close trading relationship with his country after Brexit.

A trade deal between Canada and the European Union has been concluded but is yet to come into force and Mrs May said the UK would remain a strong supporter of the agreement while it remains part of the bloc.

She added that the UK would want a close relationship to continue after leaving the EU.

Downing Street said the Canadian PM offered his "firm support" during a phone call to congratulate Mrs May on entering Number 10.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada called the Prime Minister this evening to congratulate her on her appointment.

"The Prime Minister set out her vision for an engaged, outward-looking UK and made clear that Britain remains fully open for business.

"They agreed that Britain and Canada share an especially close relationship and they committed to working together to sustain this as the UK leaves the European Union.

"They discussed the importance of trade between our countries, noting their shared view that more needs to be done to spread the benefits of trade to everyone and to address the concerns of some about the impact of globalisation.

"In this context, the Prime Minister underlined that the UK would continue to be a strong supporter of the trade agreement between the EU and Canada while we remain a member of the EU and that we would want a close trading relationship with Canada outside the EU. Prime Minister Trudeau offered Canada's firm support as we set out on the path forwards.

"They ended by looking forward to meeting at the G20 meeting in China in September."