Trudeau, Obama, Merkel welcome new UK Prime Minister Theresa May

World leaders including US President Barack Obama and Canada’s Justin Trudeau have welcomed the UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mrs May took over as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom yesterday, after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the EU referendum result.

The new leader, who has a historically mixed record on LGBT rights, pledged to tackle inequality and prejudice in her first speech as PM, and paid tribute to her predecessor for passing equal marriage.

She has been welcomed by leaders from across the world.

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau said: “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May.

“Prime Minister May has dedicated her life – and her career – to public service. She has sat as a Member of Parliament since 1997, and, more recently, has become one of the longest serving Home Secretaries in the United Kingdom’s history.

“Canada and the United Kingdom are not only important strategic partners and allies, we share a deep friendship – a rich and diverse relationship built and maintained through our strong people-to-people ties and our shared history. We look forward to working closely with Prime Minister May as we continue to address issues of mutual interest that will ensure ongoing stability and prosperity for all of our people.

“I would also like to thank David Cameron for his service and dedication to the people of the United Kingdom, especially during times of economic uncertainty. I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavours.”

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel contacted Mrs May personally on Wednesday evening.

Her spokesperson said the pair “agreed that cooperation in the spirit of the proven friendly relations between both countries should be continued, including in the forthcoming negotiations on Britain’s exit from the EU.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed Barack Obama had extended his congratulations, adding: “Those US officials that have worked with her, found her to be quite effective.

“Obviously, we congratulate her on the on her new position and on the important responsibility that she will assume.

“Based on the public comments we’ve seen from the incoming prime minister, she intends to pursue a course that’s consistent with the prescription that President Obama has offered.”

New Zealand’s John Key added: “Congratulations Theresa May on becoming Prime Minister of the UK. Looking forward to working with you.”