June 19, 2017 / 5:01 PM / 3 months ago

Mood on first day of Brexit talks was "incredibly positive" - UK source

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and his delegation sit across from European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier and his delegation at the start of their first day of talks at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Emmanuel Dunand/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - The mood was “incredibly positive” on the first day of Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union and both sides acknowledged it was time to move quickly, a British source said on Tuesday.

“The mood of that room was incredibly positive,” the source said.

“I think it was recognition by all sides that the clock is ticking and we do really need to push on with this now and start to make positive strides towards getting a deal that is in both sides’ interests.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Alastair Macdonald, Gabriela Baczynska

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