Britain and US will discuss Brexit on September 26
Prime Minister Theresa May will discuss Brexit and a bilateral trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, amid increasing uncertainty over Britain's EU exit plans.
A trade deal with the United States is seen as an important way to help offset the economic impact of leaving the EU in March next year. May's government has long touted the freedom to strike such deals independently of the EU as the main economic benefit of Brexit.
Any supportive comments from Trump could boost May's struggle to win over critics who say her exit plan is unworkable, and soothe financial markets which expect severe disruption if she is unable to get a Brexit deal.
During a visit to Britain earlier this year Trump said the two countries could secure a "great" post-Brexit trade deal, lavishing praise on May and contradicting his own earlier withering assessment of her exit strategy.
The U.N. meeting is likely to be dominated by Trump touting his drive to protect U.S. sovereignty, which has some world leaders worried over America's commitment to the multilateralism that has governed the United Nations since World War Two.
May will also use her two-day trip to New York to warn against allowing the use of chemical weapons to become normalized, citing the use of a nerve agent in Britain earlier this year and chemical attacks in Syria.
"The international community needs to do more together - both to prevent future chemical weapons use and to ensure those who use them are held to account, but also to tackle the range of other threats to global security, including the proliferation of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction)."
She will also use a speech at a business event to defend capitalism and free markets, and hold bilateral meetings with other leaders including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.