- Title: Merkel: We're prepared for any Brexit outcome
- Date: 18th August 2019
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (AUGUST 18, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL POSING FOR SELFIE AUDIENCE AT OPEN DOOR DAY AT CHANCELLERY MERKEL ON STAGE, WAVING AUDIENCE TAKING PHOTO WITH SMARTPHONES (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "Next week I will be in Biarritz at the G7 weekend. There, we will also speak about international issues. And this week the British prime minister will visit. Wednesday evening. And we will talk ... oh no, we welcome any visitor. And you have to talk, and you have to find good solutions. We are prepared for any outcome, we can say that, even if we do not get an agreement. But at all events I will make an effort to find solutions - up until the last day of negotiations. And I think it's always better to leave with an agreement than without one. But if that's not possible, we'll be prepared for the alternative as well." MERKEL ON STAGE
- Embargoed: 1st September 2019 15:45
- Keywords: Merkel Johnson Brexit
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ASQVJ2F
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- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday (August 18) that she would meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (August 21) evening to discuss Britain's planned departure from the European Union, adding that Berlin was also prepared for a disorderly Brexit.
Johnson is seeking to persuade European Union leaders to reopen Brexit talks or face the prospect of its second-largest member leaving abruptly on Oct. 31 with no deal in place to mitigate the economic shock - a move that businesses expect would cause major disruption.
"We are prepared for any outcome, we can say that, even if we do not get an agreement. But at all events I will make an effort to find solutions - up until the last day of negotiations," Merkel said during a panel discussion at the Chancellery.
"I think it's always better to leave with an agreement than without one. But if that's not possible, we'll be prepared for the alternative as well."
The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that Johnson would tell Merkel that the British parliament could not stop Brexit.
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