July 24, 2018 / 2:49 PM / a year ago

Raab tells EU - it is time to speed up talks

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab appears on the Marr Show on BBC television in London, Britain, July 22, 2018. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday it was now up to the European Union to respond after the government published a long-awaited white paper policy document if the bloc wanted to a reach a deal on Britain’s departure by October.

“This is, as we have engaged in that dialogue towards the end date of October, a real offer to get us across the line,” Raab told a parliamentary committee.

“We need to see the same kind of energy and substantive engagement in the weeks ahead and if we get that ... energy, that flexibility and pragmatism we will get a deal,” he added.

Reporting By Elizabeth Piper. Writing by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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