Image copyrightGetty ImagesChancellor Philip Hammond has said that the UK should focus on protecting jobs and the economy on the eve of Brexit talks with the European Union.
Mr Hammond had been due to give at speech at Mansion House in the City of London on Thursday, and there had been speculation he would set out his vision for a "soft" Brexit - which could mean the UK retaining closer ties to the single market and possibly remaining within the customs union.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with other EU leaders in Brussels on Friday, Mr Hammond said: "We've set out very clearly our desired outcome in the Prime Minister's Lancaster House speech and in the Article 50 letter that we've sent.
In her Lancaster House speech , Mrs May had said that the UK would not remain a member of the single market.
Mr Hammond said on Friday: "I can confirm that as we enter negotiations next week, we will do so in a spirit of sincere cooperation, taking a pragmatic approach to trying to find a solution that works both for the UK and for the European Union 27."