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UK business, trade unions join forces to urge Brexit citizenship deal

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Britain's top business and trade union bodies joined forces on Thursday to urge the British government and European Union to guarantee their citizens' rights after Brexit takes place in March 2019.

The uncertainty facing four million European and British citizens has become intolerable, the heads of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Trades Union Congress (TUC) said in a joint statement.

"Millions of workers and thousands of firms are today united in their call to leaders on both sides to find an urgent solution," the CBI's Carolyn Fairbairn and the TUC's Frances O'Grady said.

"A clear guarantee of the right to remain for citizens in both the UK and EU27 is needed within weeks."

Earlier on Thursday, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said there had not been sufficient progress in divorce talks with Britain on the key issue of rights for expatriate citizens, despite making headway in other areas. (Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison)