NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Heading To UK To Meet Theresa May, Prince William

Lea van der Merwe

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been having a hard time lately. Having been saddled with Brexit negotiations, a political ploy she did not support from the start, she has faced two no-confidence votes in the past month and just had her Brexit deal shot down by the U.K. parliament.

The U.K.'s trade partners have been watching the Brexit negotiations with relative concern, which has now escalated as the deadline looms within the next few weeks and no deal anywhere in sight.

New Zealand is so concerned about the upcoming split from the European Union that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to meet with her British counterpart when she travels to London next week, according to the New Zealand Herald. During their meeting, Ardern will seek reassurances from May with regards to the effects Brexit will have on the U.K.'s trade deal with New Zealand.

"My visit to the U.K. is an opportunity to underline New Zealand's position as a natural and long-standing partner for the country as it redefines its global role post-Brexit," Ardern said in a statement.

Her trip will also see her traveling to Davos in Switzerland where she is scheduled to join Prince William in a panel discussion about mental health -- one of the heir to the throne's biggest talking points -- at the World Economic Forum.

"All we can do is make sure New Zealand is prepared for whatever outcome comes from the year – that's what the Government has been doing for some time. The thing we can control is the way in which our relationships work with both the UK and the remainder of the EU."

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