BREXIT will give an economic boost to the whole world, Theresa May vowed today as she promoted her vision for global Britain in Kenya.
The PM also got a lift from her host as Kenya’s prime minister dismissed the idea that Brexit will harm trade.
Mrs May is concluding a three-day tour of Africa by becoming the first British leader to visit Kenya since Margaret Thatcher.
Speaking alongside the country’s PM Uhuru Kenyatta, she described how leaving the EU will allow Britain to work with countries around the globe to strengthen economic links.
The PM said: “We are pursuing , of course, a good deal for trade with the EU once we have left the EU.
“But we will be looking to enhance our trade relationships around the rest of the world as well.
“Trade isn’t about one country doing better than another country, actually, trade is mutually beneficial.”
And Mr Kenyatta backed her, saying: “I don’t believe Brexit is going to dent trade and investment between our two countries.
“Brexit doesn’t mean anything detrimental.”
As well as holding talks with the Kenyan leader, Mrs May was scheduled to visit British troops helping to train locals against terror groups.
May embarrassed as Kenyan leader mocks Boris Johnson
By Harry Cole in Nairobi
THERESA May’s African trade trip ended in embarrassment after the Kenyan president mocked Boris Johnson and hinted China and America have stolen the march on Britain.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister dimissed suggestions she had abandoned Africa, claiming the ex-Foreign Secretary had visited many times.
Speaking in Cape Town, Mrs May denied claims she was “late to the party” in her bid to become Africa’s largest investor, saying Boris has visited many times.
She said: “just look at the number of visits the former Foreign Secretary made just last year.”
But at a joint press conference in Narobi today, Kenya’s President Kenyatta forgot his name and branded him “the bicycle guy”.
In cringeworthy scenes, he told reporters: “Last year if you recall the then Foreign Secretary Boris… umm Boris… Boris… Johnson. The bicycle guy… was here.”
And he took at dig at Mrs May for being the first PM to visit Kenya in decades, thanking her for coming to see how things has changed.
Instead he namechecked Donald Trump and China as key investment partners alongside Britain and was luke warm about effect of Brexit on trade with the African powerhouse.
Mrs May looked on stony-faced as her Tory rival once again upstaged a key moment, but later supressed a smile when the President rembered the name.
Margaret Thatcher was the last British PM to tour the country back in 1988 – David Cameron was set to go in 2016 but didn’t after he quit following the dramatic Brexit vote in June.
Gordon Brown visited in 2005 as Chancellor.
Last night Mrs May signed a new security deal with Nigeria to train thousands more troops to fight the terror group Boko Haram.
And today she will announce a tie-up with Kenyan authorities to help track down British paedophiles using data from tech firms.
Mrs May is giving the Kenyan President a framed map of the London marathon route made by British designer Holly Francesca.
It is personalised with the Kenyan winners of London’s most famous annual race, and the historic landmarks along the way.
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The trip is part of efforts to build a global Britain and maximise trade links ahead of Brexit.
She’s already announced £4billion worth of extra financial support for the Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, and has promised to help crack down on illegal human trafficking and Islamic extremism.
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