July 9, 2018 / 9:22 AM / in 9 months

EU's Verhofstadt - Brexit talks must move on after UK minister quits

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, speaks outside 10 Downing Street in London, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament’s chief Brexit coordinator on Monday said the British government must unite on a way forward in talks for its exit from the European Union after its Brexit Secretary David Davis quit.

“I enjoyed the cooperation with David Davis,” Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the Parliament Brexit team, said on Twitter. “I hope the UK unites around a position to conclude a broad Association Agreement with the EU. It is in the interest of both that we move the negotiations forward.”

Davis said on Monday he had resigned to stop Prime Minister Theresa May from handing too much power to the EU, increasing the pressure on a British leader struggling to overcome Brexit divisions.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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