Theresa May hits back at Brexit veto threats, saying EU nations "will sign up to a deal with us"

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Theresa May took over as Prime Minister in July (Source: Getty)

Theresa May has hit back at EU countries threatening the UK ahead of trade negotiations, insisting they will sign up for a post-Brexit deal.

The Prime Minister also said she would be “ambitious” in negotiations and backed the UK to be a “global leader in free trade”.

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Speaking to reporters in New York, where she has called a summit of US banks to reassure them of the UK’s status post-Brexit, May said the 27 EU nations “will sign up to a deal with us”.

“We will be negotiating with them,” she told the media.

“And as I say we will be ambitious in what we want to see for the UK. A good deal for the UK can also be a good deal for the other member states.

“I believe in good trading relations and I want the UK to be a global leader in free trade.”

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Over the weekend, the Visegrad group, or V4 – consisting of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic – said they would veto agreements if its citizens working and living in Britain were not treated fairly.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said: “V4 countries will be uncompromising. Unless we feel a guarantee that these people (living and working in Britain) are equal, we will veto any agreement between the EU and Britain. I think Britain knows this is an issue for us where there's no room for compromise.”