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    UK PM Confirms to German Chancellor Intention to Start Brexit Talks as Planned

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    Despite the political turmoil in Britain over the unexpected outcome of the snap election, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday that London is ready to start Brexit negotiations as planned.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UK Prime Minister Theresa May assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel of plans to start Brexit negotiations in the next few weeks and to strive for  agreement on EU citizens’ rights in the United Kingdom as well as UK citizens’ rights in the European Union at an early stage of the talks.

    "The German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Prime Minister earlier today to offer her congratulations. The Prime Minister confirmed her intention for Brexit talks to begin as planned in the next couple of weeks, and that we would be looking for a reciprocal agreement on the rights of EU citizens and British citizens abroad at an early stage," May’s spokesperson said.

    On Friday, Merkel said that Brussels wants to "hold speedy talks" with London regarding the Brexit issue after UK Conservatives suffered a painful loss at the general election at home.

    May called a general election in April to increase the Conservative majority in parliament in order to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks. The election led to a hung parliament after the Tories won 318 seats, down from 330 they got in 2015.

    The Brexit negotiations are set to start on June 19.


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