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.
Britain's commitment to renewing its Trident nuclear deterrent will not be affected by last week's vote to leave the European Union, defense minister Michael Fallon said on Monday, adding that he hoped parliament would vote on it shortly. "We are committed in our manifesto to replacing the four Trident submarines and I hope parliament will be able to endorse the principle of that replacement shortly," Fallon told parliament.