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Spanish prime minister backs progress in Brexit talks

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Staff Writer | December 6, 2017
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he expected Brexit negotiations to move to the next stage as soon as possible, according to a statement from the U.K. government.
Mariano Rajoy
Europe   May gave Rajoy an update
Rajoy met Prime Minister Theresa May in London after a plan to open talks on a post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU was blocked by May’s parliamentary allies.

The statement said Rajoy “shared the desire to move talks on to the next stage of negotiations as quickly as possible”.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which backs May’s Conservative Party, rejected an agreement between London and Dublin to retain EU rules in Northern Ireland as a way of resolving the border issues between the U.K.’s Irish territory and the Republic of Ireland.

May gave Rajoy an update on negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU and confirmed that talks with the European Commission would resume by the end of the week, the statement added.

“She said both sides were positive about the progress that could be made ahead of December's European Council.”