- Title: Merkel says single market access must be linked to free movement
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL WALKING ON STAGE PHOTOGRAPHER AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Germany) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "It won't be an easy negotiation. There is one point we are concerned with. That industry sector to industry sector will be evaluated differently. That is namely a question of single market access. (What) the United Kingdom gets and reciprocally, how much access and under what conditions we get to the British market. And how are we ready politically to link up this access, how many fundamental freedoms there will be or not." MERKEL ON STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Germany) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "If we don't say that full access to the single market is linked to full acceptance of freedom of movement, then everyone in Europe will start doing what they want and that is exceptionally complicated." MEDIA MERKEL WALKING OFF STAGE
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 11:09
- Keywords: Merkel Brexit European Union free movement single market
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA00152VAATJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Thursday (October 6) that the European Union must stand firm by its position that access to the bloc's single market is linked to freedom of movement in negotiations with Britain.
She said there was much up for discussion, including how much access and under what conditions the United Kingdom and the EU would deal in trade.
"If we don't say that full access to the single market is linked to full acceptance of freedom of movement, then everyone in Europe will start doing what they want," Merkel told an industry event in Berlin.
She added that negotiations between the EU and Britain won't be easy.
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