Theresa May cosied up with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tonight as she launched a trade offensive with allies in Downing Street.
Mr Trudeau – who is known for warmly embracing political allies – visited Downing Street just hours after showing off his ‘bromance’ with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The Prime Minister also hosted Indian PM Narendra Modi and New Zealand’s leader Jacinda Ardern at No 10 as the leaders took part in a Commonwealth summit.
All three nations are key targets for post-Brexit trade deals and have been a focus of Mrs May’s diplomatic efforts.
Theresa May welcomed Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Downing Street tonight as she launched a Brexit trade offensive with Commonwealth allies
Mrs May welcomed India’s PM Narendra Modi to Downing Street this morning and her New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern tonight
The three PMs all posed with Mrs May on the steps of Downing Street before heading in for talks.
Mrs May visited the Francis Crick Institute with Mr Modi to promote technology links between the UK and India.
And she toured the Downing Street Rose Garden with Mr Trudeau and Ms Ardern during her talks.
The outcome of discussions with Canada and New Zealand is expected to be revealed later.
Following the meeting with Mr Modi, the UK Government said £1 billion in commercial investments had been agreed, which will create or safeguard 5,750 British jobs as ministers announced closer co-operation on trade, technology and defence.
At talks in Downing Street with the Indian prime minister, Mrs May said there had been a ‘significant increase’ in bilateral trade between the two countries over the past year.
Mrs May, who is hoping to secure a free trade agreement with India after Britain leaves the EU, said: ‘Our trade partnership is showing how we can remove barriers to increase trade between our two countries.’
Mrs May and Mr Trudeau posed for pictures in the Downing Street Rose Garden as the leaders took time out from the main Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting
Mrs May and Mr Trudeau are expected to discuss post-Brexit trade links during their talks in London today
Mr Modi, who is in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, welcomed the UK’s decision to join the International Solar Alliance, which he launched in 2016 to promote the growth of solar energy.
‘This is a fight not only against global warming, but this is our responsibility towards humanity, towards the next generation.
‘I think this is a very important step,’ he said.
Downing Street said the Prime Minister updated Mr Modi on the Brexit process and ‘reiterated that the UK will remain committed to global free trade and investment’.
Mr Modi was welcomed to talks inside Downing Street. India is a key target for British ministers plotting to expand global trade after Brexit
Mrs May visited the Francis Crick Institute with Mr Modi to promote technology links between the UK and India
A Number 10 spokesman said: ‘Prime Minister Modi said there would be no dilution in the importance of the UK to India post-Brexit.
‘He said the city of London was of great importance to India for accessing the global markets and would remain so.
‘The two leaders said trade between the UK and India had grown strongly over the last year and Prime Minister Modi said that Brexit offers opportunities to further increase trade ties.’
The two leaders later visited the Francis Crick Institute, where they met scientists working on cutting-edge research into lung and kidney cancer.
Ms Ardern also held talks with Mrs May in the Rose Garden behind Downing Street tonight