French Finance Minister Michel Sapin is relieved that negotiations about Britain's departure from the 28-nation European Union will finally get under way next week.
Sapin says: "At last. We've been waiting for the negotiations to get started since Brexit was voted'' _ a referendum to the U.K. vote last June.
He told reporters in Brussels that "it's taken a long time ... but at last we are going to be able to get into the subject in detail.''
Sapin says he hopes the negotiations between Britain and the EU "can be done in a constructive manner, by both sides.''-AP