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Apple CEO Tim Cook tells Theresa May he is 'very optimistic' about UK’s future after Brexit

The iPhone maker is a 'big believer in the UK'

Zlata Rodionova
Friday 10 February 2017 09:56 GMT
Tim Cook met Theresa May and said the UK would be 'just fine'
Tim Cook met Theresa May and said the UK would be 'just fine' (Getty)

The chief executive of Apple has told Prime Minister Theresa May that he is “very optimistic” about the UK’s future outside of the European Union.

Tim Cook met Ms May at Downing Street on Thursday morning and reiterated the tech giant's plans to build a new UK headquarters at the Battersea Power Station as proof of the company's support of the UK.

He said the iPhone maker is a “big believer in the UK” adding Britain would be “just fine” outside of the EU — even if there are some “bumps in the road along the way”.

"We're doubling down on a huge headquarters in the Battersea area and we're leaving significant space there to expand," Mr Cook said.

The company, last year, revealed it would move 1,600 employees to the new office in south London in 2021. The Government hailed the move as a sign that major firms were still investing in the UK after the Brexit vote.

In a statement released after the meeting, Apple said: "We are proud that Apple's innovation and growth now supports nearly 300,000 jobs across the UK."

Mr Cook was awarded an honorary doctorate degree earlier this week at the University of Glasgow, where he seized the occasion to voice opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban saying: "If we stand and say nothing it's as if we're agreeing".

Apple is among a host of major technology firms to have voiced concerns over the travel ban.

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