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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:00

Brexit deal looking 'more difficult', Angela Merkel

Brexit deal looking 'more difficult', Angela Merkel

Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has spoken of growing difficulties in striking a Brexit deal as the European council president, Donald Tusk, warned that a no-deal scenario was “more likely than ever before”, following the latest derailment of talks over the Irish border, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to The Guardian.

“We were actually pretty hopeful that we would manage to seal an exit agreement” but “at the moment, it looks a bit more difficult again”, the German chancellor told the German Foreign Trade Federation after the latest talks, which have largely been held in secret.

A breakthrough was still possible, Merkel added, but it would need “quite a bit of finesse and if we aren’t successful this week, we’ll just have to keep negotiating”.

Tusk, in his invitation letter to a leaders’ summit, starting on Wednesday evening with a dinner to which Theresa May will present her thoughts on the Brexit talks, said the recent negotiations had “proven to be more complicated than some may have expected”.

He said: “We should nevertheless remain hopeful and determined, as there is good will to continue these talks on both sides. But at the same time, responsible as we are, we must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before,” he added.

More details: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/15/angela-merkel-brexit-deal-looking-more-difficult

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

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