- Title: Merkel urges EU to stick together after Brexit talks launched
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (JUNE 20, 2017) (REUTERS) CHANDELIERS / AUDIENCE AT GERMAN INDUSTRY DAY AUDIENCE CLAPPING MERKEL WALKING TO LECTERN AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "Let's stay together, let's not divide from each other. This is not just about the exit of Britain, with which we want to remain friends, with which we want to live in a good partnership, but it is also about the future of the European Union. The four freedoms that the single market brings us must not be jeopardised. This will be significant at the exit negotiations." PHOTOGRAPHER MERKEL SPEAKING AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "I want the talks to be conducted in a good spirit. We will see in the coming months which position Britain takes on this matter. We will of course implement what Britain pitches, but in a way that the interests of the 27 member states are safeguarded." AUDIENCE MERKEL LEAVING STAGE PEOPLE CLAPPING MERKEL SHAKING HANDS WITH AUDIENCE MEMBERS, LEAVING
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 13:09
- Keywords: Angela Merkel EU Brexit
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M324W7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday (June 20) urged the European Union's remaining 27 members to stick together during talks on Britain's exit from the bloc, which began on Monday (June 19).
Speaking at a German industry conference, Merkel also said the talks were important for the future of European integration.
Brexit was a setback but election results in the Netherlands and France this year have presented an opportunity to push ahead, Merkel said.
Merkel said she wanted the talks to be conducted "in a good spirit" and that Britain's position would become evident in the coming months.
At their first meeting in Brussels on Monday, British and EU negotiators agreed on a timetable for the Brexit talks. Both sides stressed their goodwill but acknowledged the task's huge complexity and tight deadline.
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