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Theresa May Visits The West Midlands
British Prime Minister Theresa May looks on during a visit to the Warwick Manufacturing Group facility at the University of Warwick on Sept. 1, 2016 in Solihull, England. Mrs May used the visit to highlight that Britain continues to be open for economic investment following the country's decision to leave the European Union.  Carl Court—Getty Images

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Says Brexit Could Bring 'Difficult Times'

Sep 04, 2016

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain's departure from the European Union may bring "difficult times" to the country.

Ahead of the G20 summit with world leaders in China, May told BBC that Brexit would not be "plain sailing" for the country, despite positive economic figures in the months since the referendum.

"I think we must be prepared for the fact that there may be some difficult times ahead," she said. "But what I am is optimistic."

May said her administration wants to "emphasize" its role in the world, including making new deals.

"We want to be an independent Britain, forging out own way in the world," she said.

President Barack Obama met with May ahead of the summit to discuss the new leader's plans as it exits the European Union.

"The bottom line is that we don't have a stronger political partner anywhere in the world than the United Kingdom," Obama told reporters. "Despite the turbulence of political events over the last several months, we have every intention to making sure that that continues."

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