May warns of "difficult times ahead" for UK economy

British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that the UK faces "difficult times ahead" as the country prepares to leave the European Union, the British news agency Press Association reported.

En route to the G20 summit in China, May told reporters Sunday that it would not be "plain sailing" even though economic data has not been as bad as was feared before the Brexit referendum in June.

May said the UK would be a "global leader" for free trade, but leaders had to acknowledge what she termed anti-globalization sentiments around the world.

May defended her decision to review the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project in south-west England. China's state-owned nuclear firm China General Nuclear is investing in Hinkley Point.

The prime minister said she wanted a fresh look at the evidence. May has promised a decision this month.

She has come in for criticism at home for the surprise delay in late July of final approval for the 18-billion-pound (24-billion-dollar) project.

May will hold face-to-face talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the conclusion of the summit on Monday, when the issue is likely to be raised.

Last update: Sun, 04/09/2016 - 10:35
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