British prime minister expected to tell Republican party retreat that it is time to ‘renew the special relationship.’
LONDON — Britain and the United States have rediscovered their confidence and now have the opportunity to lead the world again, Theresa May will tell Republican congressmen in Philadelphia on Thursday in the most important international intervention of her premiership to date.
The U.K. prime minister will become the first serving leader to address the Republican party’s annual congressional retreat when she speaks to representatives and senators ahead of her first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday.
According to transcripts of May’s speech released Wednesday, she will draw parallels between Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the U.S. presidential election. The Conservative prime minister will claim the results give both countries the chance to “renew” themselves.
May is expected to use the two-day trip to the United States — the first from a world leader since President Trump took office — to begin work on a U.K.-U.S. trade deal ready to be signed as soon as Britain leaves the EU in 2019.
She will visit Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Friday morning before the bilateral meeting with Trump in the White House, expected around lunchtime.
In her speech to Republican congressman on Thursday, the prime minister will set out her desire to “renew the special relationship,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
She is expected to say: “The leadership provided by our two countries through the Special Relationship has done more than win wars and overcome adversity. It made the modern world.