BRUSSELS: The European Union needs a "serious British response" to its demands to protect citizens' rights after Brexit before talks on future ties can begin, EU President Donald Tusk said Saturday.
"We need real guarantees for our people to live, work and study in the UK and the same goes for the Brits" who live in Europe, Tusk told reporters after a summit where the leaders of the remaining 27 EU countries agreed their Brexit negotiating guidelines.
"We need a serious British response," the former Polish premier said.
"I want to assure you that as soon as Britain gives real guarantees for our citizens, we will find a solution rapidly," Tusk said.
Brussels also demands London agree divorce terms on its exit bill and its Irish border.