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May gives Merkel a birthday present of walking books

Ms Merkel turned 62 a few days before Ms May's visit Credit: PA

What birthday present can you get the world leader who has everything?

Theresa May settled on a pair of books reflecting a shared love of walking as she marked Angela Merkel's 62nd birthday during a visit to Berlin.

Ms May handed her counterpart - who turned 62 on Sunday - a new edition of Coast To Coast With Wainwright, a classic photographic book from 1973 on beauty spots between the Irish and North seas.

She also presented a copy of Great Mountain Days In Snowdonia, which includes a guide to walks in the National Park.

The prime minister included a handwritten message of birthday wishes with the presents, which she picked out herself.

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Merkel: Brexit was a vote for EU immigration control

Theresa May said that Britons sent a "very clear" message pushing for the country to take back control of its borders when they voted for Brexit.

Her comments at a meeting with the German chancellor Angela Merkel are likely to add to tension over the terms of the UK's exit from the EU.

Ms May must square her commitment to curb immigration with the economic need for free access to the bloc's markets.

Europe has made it clear that Britain cannot have free trade without free movement - and that is likely to prove a sticking point in any talks.

More than 180,000 sign up to vote in Labour election

Current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Credit: Reuters

In total, there have been 183,541 applications made to the Labour Party in the last 48 hours, to sign up as registered supporters.

Registered supporters who paid the £25 fee will have the right to vote in the upcoming leadership election between current leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour MP Owen Smith.

The vote is also open to those who joined before January 12, as well as affiliated supporters from unions and other organisations.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said it was "reasonable to assume" that a large amount of new registrations come from supporters of the veteran MP.

Jeremy Corbyn faces challenge from Owen Smith

Owen Smith is challenging Jeremy Corbyn over leadership of the Labour Party Credit: Reuters

The Labour Party have confirmed that Owen Smith will be the sole challenger to Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the party, after Angela Eagle backed out of the contest.

A Labour spokesperson said: "The nominations for candidates in the 2016 Labour Leadership contest by members of the PLP and EPLP closed at 5pm today. The nominations have been officially accepted and received.

"Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith are the Labour Leadership candidates."

May: Brexit will not mean walking away from EU friends

Theresa May has insisted that Brexit will not mean "walking away from our European friends" as she embarked on her first foreign trip since being made prime minister.

Ms May, appearing alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, insisted that the UK would remain an "outward-looking country" after the European Union referendum result.

I have been clear that Brexit means Brexit and the United Kingdom is going to make a success of it.

But I also want to be clear here today, and across Europe in the weeks ahead, that we are not walking away from our European friends.

Britain will remain an outward-looking country and Germany will remain a vital partner and a special friend for us.

– Theresa May

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May greets Merkel in German during Berlin meeting

Theresa may have brushed up on her German skills for her first foreign trip since being made prime minister a week ago.

She greeted the German chancellor Angela Merkel in her own language as they hosted a joint press conference today.

"I am delighted to be in Berlin" she said in German, hastily adding: "I will now go into English".

Her efforts seems to have made a good early impression on Ms Merkel as the pair got to know each other at their first meeting.

The chancellor appeared visibly surprised and pleased at the gesture.

May arrives in Berlin for Brexit talks with Merkel

Theresa May has landed in Berlin for talks with the German chancellor Angela Merkel on issues including Britain’s exit from the EU.

It marks Ms May’s first foreign trip since she took over as prime minister earlier this month.

She was welcomed with a full guard of honour at the airport, where she shook hands with Ms Merkel.

Ms May is expected to stress that the UK is in no hurry to leave the EU and also sound out the German leader over possible terms of a Brexit.

However, German officials have said there can be no official “pre-negotiations” before the UK triggers article 50 to leave the bloc.

May displayed 'incredibly calm authority' at PMQs

Theresa May displayed "an incredibly calm authority" during her first Prime Minister's Questions, the assistant editor of the Spectator magazine has told ITV News.

Isabel Hardman said she was "surprised" by Mrs May's performance, saying she had expected her to be "quite dull".

She said although Mrs May did not have David Cameron's "swagger", she fitted her jokes in well.

But Ms Hardman warned there will be tougher tests ahead at the dispatch box.

"When she does eventually lose her temper that will tell us a lot about Theresa May," she said.

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