Brexit talks should start as soon as possible: Tusk

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May herself, at the G20, held preliminary talks with countries such as Australia and other Pacific nations on the possibilities of biltareral United Kingdom trade deals - even though it is a grey area whether London should be holding any discussions prior to actually leaving the EU.

At a separate news conference minutes later, European Council President Donald Tusk reiterated the EU's stance that they will not start negotiating with Britain on its future relationship with a 27-member bloc until the British government formally invokes Article 50.

All nations must ratify the deal, although if there is unanimity, the two-year deadline could be extended.

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

"I understand the scale of the potential impact leaving the European Union could have for parts of the financial services industry", said the Chancellor. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. "Some discussions about what our ambitions and aspirations are, and there's been good alignment in terms of those conversations". May was speaking as she traveled to the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, China, where she'll make the case that Britain can be a champion of free trade, while warning of the risk of anti-globalization sentiment from those who see themselves hurt by the lowering of barriers. Ministers will meet twice a year to monitor progress.

"The prime minister has set out that we are going to need to be able address people's concerns about migration within the European Union and get the best possible deal in trade and services and now work is under way".

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.

Tusk arrived in the United Kingdom from Ireland as part of a series of conversations with European leaders before the Summit.

Mrs May's spokeswoman said Mr Davis was expressing a personal opinion on the single market rather than official policy.

The PM can also expect questions over how Britain will control immigration after exiting the EU.

Mrs May also used her trip to China to rule out the introduction of an Australian-style points-based immigration system as proposed by Leave campaigners.

Similarly, there are 590,000 European Union nationals living in the United Kingdom, who do not know if they are soon to lose their right to live and work in the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn accused the Government of issuing "contradictory messages" on Brexit which were exacerbating "huge uncertainty" about the UK's future.

Halton's MP said: "May I ask the secretary of state whether, at the end of this process, under no circumstances will free movement of labour be allowed?"

For instance, the British public, financial markets and European Union leaders still have no indication as to whether May wants the United Kingdom to retain its current access to the European Union single market.