... but US says they will have wait

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Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said she in­tends to seize new trad­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for a Britain that has voted to leave the Euro­pean Union, reit­er­at­ing that “Brexit does in­deed mean Brexit” and there will be “no at­tempt to get out of this”.

After May’s first meet­ing with US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama since she be­came Bri­tish leader in July, the two lead­ers sought to down­play the im­pact of a Bri­tish exit on the much touted “spe­cial re­la­tion­ship” be­tween the US and UK.

But Obama did not back away from his as­ser­tion, first made as he cam­paigned against the exit, that Great Britain would have to wait its turn be­fore the United States pri­ori­tised a new, sep­a­rate trade deal with a newly inde- pen­dent Great Britain. Obama noted the US re­mains fo­cused on fin­ish­ing trade deals with Asia-Pa­cific and with the Euro­pean Union. The pres­i­dent said he be­lieved that Britain’s pri­or­ity mean­while was “fig­ur­ing out what Brexit means with re­spect to Europe”. Still, Obama promised to work closely with May to avoid “ad­verse ef­fects” in the trade re­la­tion­ship. The Bri­tish peo­ple nar­rowly voted to leave the EU in June, but the govern­ment has yet to for­mally in­voke Ar­ti­cle 50, the EU treaty clause that would set up its de­par­ture. In­vok­ing the clause would start a two-year count­down. How­ever, there is op­po­si­tion to a Bri­tish exit among a sig­nif­i­cant part of the pop­u­la­tion and ques­tions over whether Par­lia­ment will be given a for­mal vote on trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50. “There will be no sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, no at­tempt to turn the clock back, no at­tempt to try to get out of this,” May told re­porters on the side­lines of the G-20 eco­nomic sum­mit. “The UK will be leav­ing Euro­pean Union.” 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. He said his words may sound “bru­tal”, but: “We need to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of the mem­bers of the EU that want to stay to­gether, not the one which wants to leave.” the

NO GO­ING BACK: Teresa May dis­cusses Brexit

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