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Senior source: Hinkley delay reflects May policy approach

The Government's shock decision to delay the go-ahead for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point - described as "bewildering and bonkers" by the unions - has been defended by a senior Government source.

Reporting from Westminster, ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen said he was told by the insider that the delay reflected the approach of Prime Minister Theresa May to key policies.

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May: We will deliver controls on freedom of movement

Theresa May met Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) in Rome. Credit: Reuters

The Government "will deliver" on the wishes of the British people to see controls on freedom of movement after the Brexit vote, Theresa May has said.

Speaking after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome, Mrs May told ITV News Europe Editor James Mates that she was looking at the issue with an "open mind".

The prime minister said that, in addition, Britain must "ensure that we get the best possible deal in relation to trade in goods and services".

"I think we should be developing the model that suits the United Kingdom and the European Union. Not adopting, necessarily, a model that is on the shelf already."

Hollande tells May she can't pick and choose EU rules

Video report by ITV News Europe Editor James Mates.

Francois Hollande today warned Theresa May that she cannot pick and choose among EU rules as the two met to begin talking over a Brexit.

The French president has been among the toughest of negotiators over Britain's planned EU exit.

Today his language was more conciliatory - but he stressed that the UK can't enjoy unfettered access to the single market unless it also allows free movement of EU nationals.

In turn, Ms May insisted that the UK will not be rushed into starting formal talks leading to a Brexit as she said it would take time to reach the right agreement.

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Theresa May says she won't be rushed into a Brexit

Ms May stressed that the UK remains Credit: APTN

Theresa May has insisted that she won't be rushed into triggering the start of a Brexit as she met Francois Hollande.

Mrs May said that "it will take time" to prepare for the start of formal steps towards the UK exiting the EU as she appeared at a press conference with the French president.

It comes after Mr Hollande said today he would urge Mrs May not to "drag on" the process.

Mrs May today said she had "excellent" and "very open" discussions over the issue - but there was more work to do.

As the UK leaves the EU we will have to determine how to maintain the closest possible economic relationship between our countries.

And it will take time to prepare for those negotiations.

I understand the need for certainty and confidence in the markets, and that is why I've already been clear that the UK will not invoke article 50 until before the end of this year.

– Theresa May

May arrives in France for Brexit talks with Hollande

Theresa May has arrived in Paris on her first foreign trip as the British prime minister.

She was met by the French premier Francois Hollande this afternoon as she arrived from Germany on a whistle-stop European tour.

Ms May is discussing the terms for a UK exit from the EU with fellow leaders.

Mr Hollande has already made clear that he will warn Mrs May not to drag her feet over the start of formal talks over a Brexit.

Hollande 'wants Britain to start Brexit talks quickly'

Francois Hollande wants Brexit talks to start soon. Credit: PA

Francois Hollande will tell Theresa May that Brexit talks must start quickly when the pair meet today.

The French president is expected to say he does not want there to be any "pre-negotiations".

Mr Hollande and the prime minister will hold talks on Britain's plans to quit the EU when they meet in Paris.

The French President will host a working dinner at the Elysee Palace, a day after Mrs May met German counterpart Angela Merkel.

At discussions in Berlin, the Chancellor said Britain should "take a moment" over its plans to sever its ties with Brussels but warned against leaving the negotiations "up in the air".

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