Brexit: Theresa May says talks won’t start in 2016
Theresa May has said the UK will not begin official negotiations on leaving the EU this year as she held talks with Germany’s Angela Merkel.
Speaking in Berlin, the UK PM said securing a “sensible and orderly departure” from the EU would take time.
But she insisted the UK would not “walk away” from Europe and wanted to retain the “closest economic links”.
Mrs Merkel said the two sides desired to get the “best result for Britain” but urged more clarity on timing.
Earlier, a military guard of honour greeted Mrs May, who succeeded David Cameron a week ago.