France says no trade deal with UK before Brexit
French President Francois Hollande said UK must begin discussions on the modalities of withdrawal from the EU. Photograph: (AFP)
French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that Britain must agree on the conditions of its withdrawal from the EU before the bloc's members discuss other issues such as a trade deal.
"First we must begin discussions on the modalities of the withdrawal, especially on the rights of citizens and the obligations arising from the commitments that the United Kingdom has made," Hollande said.