June 5, 2019 / 7:37 AM / 15 days ago

EU understands it has to move on some Brexit issues - UK defence minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt is seen outside Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union understands that it has to “move on some things” regarding Brexit, Britain’s defence minister, who has neither confirmed nor ruled herself out of the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Wednesday.

“In recent days, in my discussions that I have had with people on the EU side of the negotiating table, I’m really optimistic,” Penny Mordaunt told BBC radio.

“I think they understand that they have to move on some things,” she said.

Reporting by Costas Pitas. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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