Germany to United Kingdom: don't enter trade talks before Brexit

European Council president Donald Tusk said today that Brexit is a "very disorientating prospect" for Ireland.

He said: "For the start of the negotiations - we need the formal notification, I mean triggering Article 50".

May has remained optimistic despite US President Obama's remarks that Britain would have to go to the "back of the queue" for trade deals with the US and that the European Union would remain the priority.

The minister also stated it would "take a little while" to work out how to disentangle the corpus of European law from United Kingdom law, saying that, although his "starting position" was simply to put all of EU law into British law and "take it from there", he conceded "it does not quite work like that".

"Our goal [is] to establish [the] closest possible EU-UK relations", Tusk wrote on Twitter before Thursday's meeting in Downing Street.

Mrs May said she wanted a "smooth" Brexit process and told Mr Tusk they had "serious issues" to discuss.

David Lammy, a Labour lawmaker, said during the debate that the meaning of Brexit was unclear as were what the terms would be for Britain to have access to the European single market.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: "This Government isn't concealing its hand - it hasn't got a hand or, it would appear, a clue".

We want a steadfast and successful European Union after we depart.

Meanwhile, as the Labour leadership continues Owen Smith has urged Jeremy Corbyn to use Ms May's appearance at PMQs to pile on pressure over Brexit.

That prompted Mr Corbyn's team to stress that he backed "full access" to the single market for goods and services but opposed certain directives linked to it, such as state aid rules and requirements to deregulate and privatise public services.

If you'll recall, the big question after June's Brexit referendum was when the government would take the step of invoking Article 50, the formal (and never before used) mechanism through which countries withdraw from the EU.

"You didn't even ask her about the European Union, even though Brexit was and is the biggest challenge facing her Government and the reason for David Cameron's resignation and her elevation to Downing Street".

He also said that one one in every five council houses sold under the Right to Buy scheme, which was introduced by her predecessor David Cameron, was short of the government's one-for-one pledge.

The Japanese government recently warned that if the United Kingdom did not retain access to the single market its biggest companies would likely move from Britain to the EU.

May has said that Britain won't begin the divorce proceedings until next year, to give her government time to prepare for negotiations that will shape the country's future relations with the rest of Europe for many years.

"We want the best deal for trade in United Kingdom goods and services, including our world leading financial services industry".

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday she was determined to get "the best possible deal" for the United Kingdom, but also warned of "difficult times ahead" for the British economy.

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