Theresa May in Denmark to discuss a future outside the EU

Meeting with Lars Løkke Rasmussen to shed light on Brexit strategy

The British prime minister, Theresa May, is in Copenhagen today for the first time since taking office in the wake of the contentious Brexit vote on June 23.

May will meet with the Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, at his Marienborg residence for lunch to discuss the UK government’s future plans for an exit from the EU.

“Historically, the UK and Denmark have been closely connected,” said Rasmussen. “We have similar views on many issues and have been allied in many causes at the negotiation table in Brussels. It’s sad that the UK chair will be empty in the future.”

“It’s obvious that Denmark has a great interest in the UK continuing to have close bonds to the EU, but it is also essential that a future agreement reflects a balance in order for rights and responsibilities to go hand in hand.”

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NATO and security
The two leaders will also be discussing Denmark’s collaboration with the UK in areas which are not affected by the UK’s impending exit from the EU.

Such topics include bilateral co-operations within NATO and issues pertaining to defence and security.