Brexit: Theresa May says talks won't start this year

Oh her talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Theresa May has said that Britain will not begin its official negotiations of leaving the EU until next year.

Speaking in Berlin, the PM said securing a "sensible and orderly departure" from the EU would take time.

The process of preparing the UK for Brexit would require serious and comprehensive work but, irrespective of this, she said the UK was determined to maintain strong trading, economic and security links with Germany, which she described as a vital partner and special friend.

Mrs Merkel in return urged for Britain to provide a certain timeline with regards to its exit and hoped UK would begin to highlight its propositions with regard to the process of activating Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the official, legal mechanism for leaving.

She insisted that Britain must be heard with regards to what it wants and find the right solutions for a smooth exit. She added, “Britain does not want an impasse, Germany does not want an impasse and the EU does not want an impasse".