Hollande urges Brexit talks 'as soon as possible'

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (left) greets French President Francois Hollande at Government Buildings in Dublin on July 21, 2016French President Francois Hollande on Thursday urged Britain to begin talks to leave the EU “as soon as possible” and ruled out granting access to the EU’s single market without access by EU workers to Britain. “The sooner these negotiations begin the better, and the shorter they are the better,” Hollande said after meeting Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin, calling for negotiations “as soon as possible”. “Things should not drag on,” Hollande said, hours before he is due to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May in Paris for the first time.

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