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LONDON — Theresa May wants Britain to “lead the world in
preventing tourism,” she said today in her first embarrassing
slip up of the general election campaign.
Speaking during a campaign visit to Wales, the prime minister
said she wanted “to strike deals across the world for trading,
for exporting British goods and services,” but then added: “We
want to lead the world in preventing tourism.”
It is likely that May had intended to refer to “terrorism,”
given that she followed the comments with references to modern
slavery and national security.
However the comments were treated as an apparent Freudian slip by
critics on social media users, given the PM’s commitment to
@AdamBienkov Too right, we’ve had enough of their selfie sticks. We will never surrender to these tourists!
— Matt Singh (@MattSingh_) April 25, 2017
Watch Theresa May: “We want to lead the world in preventing
The comments are reminiscent of a similar slip-up by David
Cameron during the 2015 campaign. The former PM described the
election as “career-defining” before quickly correcting himself.