Europe

UK government denies handwritten note on Brexit is policy

British Prime Minister Theresa May's hair is blown in the wind as she greets Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo after disembarking from a plane to begin her visit as part of the UK-Poland Inter-Governmental Consultations at RAF Northolt in London, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

British Prime Minister Theresa May's hair is blown in the wind as she greets Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo after disembarking from a plane to begin her visit as part of the UK-Poland Inter-Governmental Consultations at RAF Northolt in London, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The British government is downplaying a photograph of a handwritten memo that seemed to suggest Britain won't be able to remain in the single market after it leaves the European Union.

The memo was being carried by an aide to a Conservative Party figure as he left the Department for Exiting the EU offices.

It said: "What's the model? Have your cake and eat it."

Officials said Tuesday that the notes don't belong to a government official and don't reflect the government's position.

The memo lists anticipated problems with the upcoming negotiating process with EU governments. It says it's "unlikely" that Britain will be given a chance to stay in the single market.

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to start the formal exit process by the end of March.