May meets Renzi in Rome

British premier Theresa May meets Italian counterpart in Rome.

Britain's new prime minister Theresa May arrived in Rome on Wednesday 27 July to hold talks with her Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi at Villa Doria Pamphilj.

May's visit is part of her tour to engage with European leaders following Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU) after the so-called “Brexit” referendum on 23 June.

Offering Italy's full support, Renzi said that a “precise time-line” was required from Britain to chart an exit “as clear as possible” from the EU.

May said she wanted to “transform Brexit into a success” but to achieve this it would be “fundamental to collaborate with [EU] member states like Italy.”

May's meeting with Renzi follows her recent discussions with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French president François Hollande, and Irish prime minister Enda Kenny.

May's visit to Rome comes two days after Jill Morris CMG took up her role as Britain's new ambassador to Italy, the first ever female diplomat in that position.

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