- Title: Germanyâ€™s Merkel reiterates wish for orderly Brexit
- Date: 7th November 2018
- Summary: HELSINKI, FINLAND (NOVEMBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF FINNISH PRIME MINISTER JUHA SIPILA WAITING OUTSIDE HIS OFFICIAL RESIDENCE GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL GETTING OUT OF CAR, GREETED BY SIPILA AND SHAKING HANDS MERKEL AND SIPILA ENTERING RESIDENCE EXTERIOR OF SIPILA'S OFFICIAL RESIDENCE HELSINKI, FINLAND (NOVEMBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS) MERKEL AND SIPILA ENTERING ROOM AND WALKING TO PODIUM FOR NEWS CONFERENCE CAMERA OPERATOR (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We have a few problems to solve and among those is Brexit. We are fully of the same view and are working so that we have an orderly exit of Great Britain and afterwards, after the exit of Great Britain, that we have very close relations with Great Britain because Great Britain will of course remain a part of Europe even if it is not part of the European Union." MAN LOOKING AT MOBILE PHONE MERKEL AND SIPILA LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE HELSINKI, FINLAND (NOVEMBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOT) EXTERIOR OF SIPILA 'S OFFICIAL RESIDENCE
- Embargoed: 21st November 2018 18:54
- Keywords: EPP German Chancellor Angela Merkel Finnish PM Juha Sipila Spitzenkandidat European Peopleâ€™s Party Brexit
- Location: HELSINKI, FINLAND
- City: HELSINKI, FINLAND
- Country: Finland
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195IBJ9J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (November 7) she was working for Britain and the European Union to agree on an orderly divorce process.
Speaking at a news conference alongside Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila in Helsinki, Merkel said she wanted Britain to have a close relationship with the bloc after Brexit because it remains "a part of Europe even if it is not part of the European Union."
Merkel was in Helsinki as the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) congress convened in the city on Wednesday to elect a new leader.
Alexander Stubb, who was Finland's prime minister and then finance minister before being ditched by his own party in 2016, was the only declared rival to the frontrunner, Germany's more conservative Manfred Weber.
The winner would instantly become favourite to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, the EU's most powerful job.
The congress will be focusing on preparations for the 2019 European elections and Thursday's (November 8) vote for the EPP's lead candidate, the so-called Spitzenkandidat.
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