May says hopes to settle rights of EU nationals in Britain early

An anti-Brexit protester stands outside the Houses Parliament on the day Prime Minister Theresa May will announce that she has triggered the process by which Britain will leave the European Union, in London, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she hoped to be able to agree a deal to clarify the position of European Union nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU as early as possible in the Brexit negotiations.

May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty earlier on Wednesday, kicking off the formal two-year Brexit negotiation process.

“I would hope that we could deal with this issue of EU nationals here and UK nationals in other member states at as early as possible a stage in the negotiations,” she told parliament.

“I believe there is good will on both sides to do that.”

Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by David Milliken