Britain asserts no Brexit talks before 2017 in meeting with EU President

Enda Kenny said the 'possibility of unity by consent must be maintained'

When the Article 50 countdown begins, Britain will be at a major negotiating disadvantage (expecially since other European leaders have an incentive to make this as unpleasant as possible for Britain in order to discourage any countries from getting similar ideas), so they're trying to get as many concessions as they can now, before the clock officially starts running.

May has maintained that article 50 will not be triggered until at least the turn of the year, but faces pressure from those within the bloc to clarify the situation.

She hosted European Council president Donald Tusk at her Downing Street office today to discuss the next steps after Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum on June 23.

Philip Hammond has warned European Union leaders not to damage the City's role as Europe's financial centre when Britain quits the bloc.

He added that "I have no doubt that at the end of the day our common strategic goal is to establish the closest possible relations".

May's spokeswoman said that the two leaders' first meeting since she became prime minister following the June 23 Brexit vote was friendly and that the British leader felt the European Union understood her need to take time to form a negotiating stance before triggering the formal divorce procedure. To put it simply, the ball is now in your court'. "I'm aware that it is not easy but I still hope you will be ready to start the process as soon as possible", Tusk told May during the meeting.

But some data suggests that Britain's economy, while slowing sharply, has recovered from the initial impact of the vote.

Lawmakers who had lobbied for Britain to leave the European Union in the run up to the referendum have taken the economic data as proof that the "remain" campaign had tried to frighten voters into staying by forecasting economic difficulties.

One, Liam Fox, who is now trade minister, said Britain was pressing on with plans to reach agreements with some of the world's largest and fastest-growing economies.

But the former interior minister, who was in charge of the ruling Conservative Party's immigration policy, also says she wants the best trade deal for Britain, refusing to say whether the country will remain in the EU's lucrative single market.

"Fox, who had returned from a visit to India last week, told parliament that he had held discussions with the Indian government on removing trade barriers".

But she has indicated that the United Kingdom would be looking for a bespoke deal, and will not simply follow Norway's example, which is a member of the single market but also bound by the free movement of people, a principle that allows European Union nationals to live anywhere within the bloc.



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