Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has spoken to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, by phone to discuss matters of interests to the two countries, including trade, climate change and Brexit.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“The leaders discussed their shared commitment to an ambitious free trade agreement between the UK and New Zealand at the earliest opportunity.
Prime Minister Johnson and Prime Minister Ardern also discussed other issues of shared importance, including climate change and maintaining momentum in tackling terrorist use of the internet.
Prime Minister Johnson also updated Prime Minister Ardern on developments in the UK’s exit from the European Union. He confirmed that we want to leave the EU with a deal but we are committed to leaving on 31 October whatever the circumstances.”
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has condemned a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 49 people have been killed in a mosque multiple shooting. Another 48 people have been wounded and the police have confirmed that a man has been arrested and charged with the offences. It is the largest terrorist attack which has ever taken place in the country.
In a statement May said:
“I have been in contact this morning with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to express the UK’s deepest condolences at the horrifying terrorist attack that took place at two mosques in Christchurch.
To target Muslims as they were attending their place of worship is despicable. And our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand, with the families and friends of those who have died in these attacks and with all those who have been injured. The UK stands ready to support New Zealand however we can.
Through terror attacks that have taken place on UK soil we know only too well the pain that such horrifying attacks can cause. As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the UK and around the world.
There can be no place in our societies for the vile ideology that drives and incites hatred and fear. Together we will defeat those who seek to destroy our values, our way of life and seek to divide us.”