British prime minister Theresa May is preparing to attend this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland later this month.
Delegates to Davos are set to be revealed this coming Tuesday but a source close to the event told Verdict May will be on the guest list.
The elite annual gathering, now in its 47th year, brings together politicians, corporate executives, public intellectuals and even some celebrities. Discussions focus on the most pressing social, political and economic issues facing countries around the world.
With continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, and criticism of her strategy ahead of the formal triggering of Article 50 in March, May’s attendance at the summit is likely to be closely scrutinised.
Yesterday, the hashtag #TheresaMaybe started trending on Twitter, a response to the headline which appeared on the cover of The Economist this week.
‘Theresa Maybe’ – A brilliantly brutal front cover.
The Economist rips our indecisive Prime Minister to shreds. pic.twitter.com/01ICy16XOO
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) 5 January 2017
The British PM will be joined by other prominent leaders, including the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the first figurehead in the country’s history to attend the summit. However, some big names will be noticeably absent. German chancellor Angela Merkel will skip the meeting for the second year in a row.
This year’s World Economic Forum will take place from 17 January to 20 January 2017, coinciding with Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not he will make a surprise appearance.
If Trump does decide to go to Davos, May will meet him before her first official visit to the US in the coming months.