- Title: Britain sees link between EU's single market and freedom of movement - Merkel
- Date: 18th January 2017
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (JANUARY 18, 2017) (REUTERS) AUDIENCE GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL ARRIVING SIGN READING (German):"GERMAN-ITALIAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE" MERKEL WALKING UP TO STAGE LIGHTS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We hear doubts and the referendum in Great Britain was a wake-up call for the other 27 member states. Yesterday we heard a little more about Great Britain's vision of leaving the EU. But I think it is important that we do only spent the coming years with Brexit negotiations. We also need to think strongly about the future of the remaining 27. And this conference today is a good example of how this can be achieved. It is therefore important that there cannot be any cherry-picking during the negotiations with Great Britain. Otherwise we might end up with some who might find it more attractive to be outside the EU. It means access to the Single Market is linked to the four basic freedoms." AUDIENCE LISTENING TO MERKEL
- Embargoed: 1st February 2017 14:08
- Keywords: Merkel Brexit EU
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZLYKAV
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- Story Text: British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech about her Brexit plans has shown that Britain understands the link between access to the European Single Market and accepting freedom of movement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (January 18).
"There cannot be any cherry picking by Britain in Brexit negotiations," Merkel said in a speech at an economic conference in Berlin, adding that access to the bloc's single market was ultimately linked to accepting the EU's four freedoms - of movement of goods, capital, people, and services.
Merkel added that Britain's decision to leave the EU was a wake-up call for the other 27 member states and EU leaders must not focus solely on Brexit negotiations in the coming years but also deal with the future of the remaining members.
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