British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on Americans to prepare for a “very challenging time”.
“I’m hoping that the people of the United States and the British people will be ready,” Ms May told the National Press Club in Washington.
“We’re going to have to do things differently than we have in the past, and I think it will be a very challenging time.”
Ms May said her government would be “very open to discussing things with the Americans” to ensure they were “looking at ways that we can cooperate more closely”.
She said the two sides had a lot to learn, and that “the US is more diverse than the UK”.
“We will see what the future brings,” Ms, May said.
Her comments came after US President Donald Trump tweeted: “What a wonderful thing to have a prime minister of the UK, a great leader, come to the US to negotiate with us.
Theresa May (@theresa_may) February 13, 2019 Mr Trump also made a “positive” comment about the possibility of the US becoming a “great ally” to Britain.
British Prime Minister May addresses the National Assembly of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on February 13.
(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)Ms May also said she would consider “new ways” of dealing with Brexit in the short term.”
The United Kingdom will be looking to engage with the US, but we will have to see what comes of it, what the United Kingdom is able to do,” she said.”
I would not be in a position to comment on specific timescale, but I think the Americans will have more time to consider it.