August 28, 2019 / 10:31 AM / 21 days ago

EU Commission urges Britain to present Brexit proposal soon

FILE PHOTO: Flags flutter outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Jacobs/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it wanted to see a concrete proposal from Britain to resolve the deadlock over Brexit as soon as possible, without giving a specific deadline.

The Commission, which is negotiating with London on behalf of the remaining 27 EU members, has said it will engage with Britain on any constructive proposals. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested last week that Britain should present a solution to the Irish border question within 30 days.

“I am not aware of any 30 day deadline ... For us, of course, the earlier the better because our working assumption is that Brexit should happen on the 31st of October,” a Commission spokeswoman told a daily news conference.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop and Alissa De Carbonnel

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