Goldman Sachs is scouting for office space in Frankfurt that could serve as its new trading hub inside the European Union after Brexit.
EU officials do acknowledge that the agreements to be reached before Britain leaves in March 2019 can only be concluded as a whole package simultaneously.
The British government says that the talks to leave the European Union will start Monday, as planned.
A day after France and Germany both said Britain could reverse Brexit if it wanted, Verhofstadt said Britain's budget rebates and opt outs from EU rules would disappear if it did so.
Questions were also raised about the wisdom of including the DUP in any government of the United Kingdom.