New PM says Bri­tain not turn­ing in­ward

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRI­TAIN will re­main open and ac­tive on the global stage de­spite its shock vote to leave the Euro­pean Union, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May told the United Na­tions.

Ms May, who took of­fice in July af­ter the “Brexit” vote led her pre­de­ces­sor David Cameron to re­sign, said that Bri­tain “has al­ways been an out­ward-fac­ing, global part­ner” in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs.

“And that is how we will re­main. For when the Bri­tish peo­ple voted to leave the EU, they did not vote to turn in­wards or walk away from any of our part­ners in the world,” Ms May said in an ad­dress to the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

She said that Bri­tain, one of five veto-wield­ing per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, would re­main a player on ma­jor is­sues in­clud­ing fight­ing poverty, ter­ror­ism and cli­mate change.

Ms May pledged a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on pre­vent­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing, say­ing that crim­i­nals had cre­ated a mod­ern form of slav­ery.

The United Na­tions es­ti­mates that nearly 21 mil­lion peo­ple around the world are vic­tims of forced labour, with more than half of them women and girls.

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