Merkel makes May sweat over EU Brits
GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuffed efforts by Theresa May to seek an early agreement on the rights of Britons living in the European Union and EU citizens in the UK.
Downing Street declined to discuss a report on the Politico website that Merkel rejected the proposal during their meeting in Berlin on November 18.
Amid allegations that ministers were ready to use foreign nationals as a bargaining chip in Article 50 negotiations, which are expected to last two years from March 2017, Mrs May has made clear in recent weeks that she wants to bring forward a deal to guarantee them reciprocal rights to residence, work and healthcare.
But Politico said Mrs Merkel had rejected a swift informal deal to reassure 1.2 million Brits living in Europe and 3.3 million EU nationals in Britain.