Difficult times ahead for UK economy, says PM Theresa May 

Difficult times ahead for UK economy, says PM Theresa May 

LONDON: (APP) Prime Minister Theresa May warned of possible "difficult times ahead" for Britain's economy in an interview screened Sunday as she sought to build post-Brexit trade ties at the G20 summit in China.

Speaking to BBC television, May also ruled out a new general election anytime soon, saying Britain needed stability following June's referendum vote to pull out of the European Union.

She voiced optimism about the health of Britain's economy but warned that there could be tough times ahead.

"I'm not going to pretend that it's all going to be plain sailing," she said. "I think we must be prepared for the fact that there may be some difficult times ahead. But what I am is optimistic."

May, who took office in July after David Cameron quit following the referendum, also confirmed Downing Street briefings that she is not intending to call a general election soon.

This is despite the ruling Conservative party having only a small majority in the House of Commons, which could make it hard to pass controversial laws, and Jeremy Corbyn's deeply divided opposition Labour lagging in opinion polls and holding a leadership contest.