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EU to UK: You can't have cake and eat it

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>> European union leaders, meeting for the first time without Brittain, have sent a firm message to London. That they won't negotiate at all until it notifies them of its intention to leave. I'm Paul Taylor, Reuters European affairs editor in Brussels, where EU leaders have sent London a clear message today that it won't be able to stay in Europe's prized single market unless it agrees to the free movement of workers.
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That of course runs against the outcome of last week's referendum which was strongly influenced by the desire to halt or control immigration from European countries to Britain. David Cameron when he was here on Tuesday night said that it was for his successor to decide to trigger the EU's exit clause.
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That starts a two year clock ticking until the UK leaves the European Union. The message from Brussels was there will be no negotiation formal or informal without notification. So on both points, the single market and notification of the intention to leave, EU partners are sending Britain a firm message.