By Molly Ambler
Theresa May has made her speech at the Lord Mayor’s banquet, outlining her plans for the future of the UK, in particular her aims for foreign policy. She stated, “Change is in the air. And when people demand change, it is the job of politicians to respond” demonstrating her commitment to delivering Brexit for the people and making it clear once again that immigration is clearly a large concern of the people and it is her duty to deal with this concern.
Among the distinguished guests Mrs May told leading business figures that she could see the government having a greater role in developing the industrial strategy of the UK that is aimed at spreading the wealth more evenly across the country.
No one could have predicted the political earthquakes that have shook modern politics in recent month however in light of the latest tremble, the election of Donald Trump as President, Mrs May said, “To be the true global champion of free trade in this new modern world, we also need to do something to help those families and communities who can actually lose out from it. Not standing inflexibly, refusing to change and still fighting the battles of the past, but adapting to the moment, evolving our thinking and seizing the opportunities ahead.”
Nigel Farage became the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since his election victory, however Downing Street have made it clear that he will not play a pivotal role in UK-US relations.
This distaste for Farage’s politics is echoed by Iain Duncan-Smith who stated that Farage was “just trying to get attention” rather than representing Britain’s interests. Mrs May’s spokeswoman told reporters the relationship between Mr Trump and the PM was “working well” following an initial phone call that was “very warm in tone.”
Senior figures such as Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to the US, have suggested that Trump would be “open to outside influence” and that “better relationships” with his team meant that Britain would be at an advantage. While others may be worried about the upcoming years of US politics, in the UK we have our own political turmoil to endure.
Mrs. May was adamant about delivering Brexit for the people, stating that leaving the EU demonstrated, “how a free, flexible, ambitious country can step up to a new global role.” With Nissan car manufacturing staying in the North East of England and the development of a global hub to repair and maintain fighter aircrafts in Wales is evidence of a competitive industrial strategy.
However, other political figures have disagreed with Mrs May’s claims. The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has remarked, “Theresa May is trying to have her cake and eat it. She talks about being pro-business but won’t offer the one thing business leaders needs most: clarity on her plans for Britain’s future with Europe. She can’t have it both ways.”