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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she did not want to pressure Britain to slow or accelerate its exit from the European Union but she also made clear that informal discussions on Brexit could not begin until London applies to leave. On Friday Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign in October and that he would leave it to his successor to start the formal process to quit the EU by invoking Article 50. The chief executive of Britain's Vote Leave campaign, Matthew Elliott, has said that London should begin informal negotiations on a full settlement governing its post-exit relationship with the EU before invoking Article 50.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's center-left Socialist party on Monday rejected acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's proposal to form a "grand coalition" with his conservative Popular Party a day after it won the country's unprecedented repeat election.