World Bulletin / News Desk
Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday that British Prime Minister Theresa May had "finally brought a bit more clarity" with a highly anticipated speech on her government's Brexit plans.
"We therefore welcome the fact that the British prime minister has today sketched out her government's plans for leaving and finally brought a bit more clarity about the British plans."
Steinmeier said May had "underlined that Britain aims to have a positive and constructive partnership, a friendship, with a strong EU".
"That is good," he said.
"We also want as good, close and trusting a relationship as possible and hope for constructive negotiations with this goal."
However he stressed that Berlin would not enter into talks on the terms of Brexit until Britain triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially declaring the country's intention to quit the EU.
"Our position is and remains: negotiations will only begin when Britain has officially announced its desire to leave," Steinmeier said, adding that a parliamentary committee devoted to Brexit would meet to chart its course for the talks.
However he underlined the interest of "Germany and Europe in strengthening the cohesion of the European Union of 27 members and the unity of the European single market".
May on Tuesday said Britain would leave the EU's single market in order to restrict immigration in a clean break from the bloc but would seek a trade deal giving "the greatest possible access" to the market on its departure.
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