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Difficult times ahead for UK economy: PM

Press AssociationPress Association 4/09/2016 By David Hughes, Press Association Chief Political Correspondent

Theresa May has warned the UK economy faces "difficult times ahead" despite better than expected figures following the Brexit vote.

The British prime minister said it would not be "plain sailing" even though economic data has not been as bad as was feared before the European Union referendum in June.

Speaking as she travelled to the G20 summit in China, May said the UK would be a "global leader" for free trade - but leaders had to acknowledge the anti-globalisation sentiments around the world.

With the UK seeking to forge new trading relationships as it exits the EU, May said: "We have seen figures giving some different messages in relation to the economy at the moment. I think the reaction of the economy has been better than some had predicted, post the referendum.

"But I won't pretend it is all going to be plain sailing, there will be some difficult times ahead."

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