Merkel makes May sweat over EU Brits

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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.

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