US President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the chief of the United States’ closest ally in Europe, and tea with Queen Elizabeth, set towards a backdrop of protests and what he described because the nation’s turmoil over Brexit.
Fresh from a NATO summit the place Trump chided Germany and different European nations for failing to contribute sufficient to protection spending, British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his journey will enhance the shut ties between their two nations and assist forge a future free commerce deal.
“There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the US and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead,” May stated in a assertion.
Trump’s journey coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for commerce with the European Union after Britain leaves subsequent March.
The president has already waded into the talk, saying Britain was “in somewhat turmoil” and that it was as much as the folks if she stayed in energy.
He additionally stated he would possibly communicate to Boris Johnson, who stop as overseas secretary over May’s plans for a business-friendly Brexit which was solely agreed by her cupboard final Friday after two years of wrangling.
Trump has lengthy been a supporter of Brexit and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging commerce deal with Britain after it leaves the EU, one thing heralded by Brexit supporters as being one of many nice advantages of exiting the bloc.
“Our commerce and funding relationship is unrivalled – we’re the biggest buyers in one another’s economies and day-after-day a million
British folks go to work for US firms in the UK and a million Americans go to work for UK firms in the US,” May stated.
“This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership.”
However, regardless of the welcome from May, many Britons stay deeply against Trump’s go to. A YouGov ballot on Wednesday confirmed 77 % of Britons had an unfavorable opinion of the president and simply 50 % thought his go to ought to go forward.
“The president of the United States of America will regretfully have the red carpet rolled out for him by this Conservative government,” Ian Blackford, the Scottish National Party’s chief in the Westminster parliament, advised lawmakers on Wednesday.
“But from the public, the welcome will be far from warm,” he added saying there could be protests throughout the nation towards Trump’s “abysmal record on human rights, his repugnant attitude towards women and his disgusting treatment of minorities”.
A excessive steel fence has been erected across the U.S. ambassador’s central London residence the place Trump will spend Thursday evening and the embassy has despatched out an alert warning Americans in London to maintain a low profile in case protests flip violent.
More than 50,000 folks have signed as much as exhibit in London on Friday when protesters intend to fly a giant balloon over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling child.
On Thursday, Trump will journey to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century mansion the place Britain’s World War Two chief Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.
May will host a black-tie dinner for Trump on the stately house that might be attended by senior ministers and about 100 enterprise leaders, together with the likes of Blackstone group, Blackrock, Diageo, McLaren and Arup.
The two leaders will maintain talks the next day at Chequers, the 16th-century manor home which is the prime minister’s official nation residence which is able to concentrate on Russia, commerce, Brexit and Middle East.
Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with the 92-year-old queen. When he leaves Britain on Sunday, after a journey to Scotland the place he owns two golf programs, he heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I have NATO, I have the UK, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin,” Trump stated when he departed on Tuesday. “Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?”