Theresa May will travel to Berlin and Paris to meet leaders

Theresa May is to hold her first face-to-face meetings with European leaders as UK prime minister when she travels to Berlin and Paris this week.
Theresa May will travel to Berlin and Paris to meet leaders

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is certain to be high on the agenda for Ms May’s talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande on her first overseas trip as prime minister.

It is usual for incoming premiers to make early visits to establish personal links with key European leaders, but this week’s trip will be highly charged by the outcome of the June 23 referendum and the need to shape a new relationship between the UK and its neighbours on the continent.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The prime minister will make her first overseas visits this week.

“On Wednesday, following Prime Minister’s Questions, she will travel to Berlin for a bilateral meeting and a working dinner with Chancellor Merkel.

"This will be an opportunity to discuss the bilateral relationship, co-operation on a range of global challenges, and of course how the UK and Germany can work together as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

“Then, on Thursday, the prime minister will visit France for a bilateral meeting with President Hollande at the Elysee. The talks are likely to cover similar issues as those in Berlin, as well as Thursday’s attack in Nice and counter-terrorism co-operation.”

Downing Street said the visits to Germany and France had come at the invitation of Ms Merkel and Mr Hollande.

Ms May’s official spokeswoman said the coming days would show the government was “getting down to business”.

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