Britain wants to see progress in Brexit talks in future weeks: British PM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-19 21:24:18|Editor: Zhou Xin
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BRUSSELS, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Britain seeks progress on its stalled exit negotiations with the European Union (EU) in the next few weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

The British side will work with its EU partners to set out ambitious plans of Brexit talks for the weeks ahead during the ongoing two-day EU summit, May told reporters at her arrival of the event.

"I particularly, for example, want to see an urgency in reaching an agreement on citizens' rights," the British prime minister added.

Citizens' rights remained one of core topics and obstacles in talks between Brussels and London before the negotiations could be moved to the next phrase including trade relations.

May sidestepped a question from journalists on whether Britain is willing to compromise in talks and mentioned a previous UK agenda.

"I set out a few weeks ago in Florence a very bold and ambitious agenda and vision for our future partnership between the EU and the UK at the heart of that remains co-operation on the key issues and dealing with the shared challenges that we face," she noted.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the Brexit talks progress was still "not sufficient" but "encouraging."

"We will continue the talks with a view to reaching the second phase in December," Merkel told reporters.

In the meantime, French President Emmanuel Macron said the upcoming EU summit will extend message of unity on Brexit talks.

"This European Council will be marked by a message of unity in the Brexit discussion because we are all united on how things stand, the interests and the ambition behind one negotiator," Macron said at his arrival of the summit.

The EU leaders gathered here for a two-day summit with topics including migration, security and digital development on the agenda. On Friday morning, leaders are scheduled to discuss Brexit talks.