“As Britain prepares to leave the European Union we are committed to a smooth transition that ensures continuity in our trading relationship with Kenya, ensuring Kenya retains its duty free quota free access to the UK market,” May said.
Britain is Kenya’s largest trading partner.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking alongside May at a news conference, said he welcomed her assurance that Kenyan duty free exports would continue after Brexit and said Kenya will be pressing for an increase in exports.
He said two agreements signed on Thursday — one to enhance military cooperation, the other for Britain to return assets and proceeds of corruption to Kenya — indicated the close ties between his country and its former colonial power.
Margaret Thatcher was the last British prime minister to visit Kenya, in 1988.