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Belgium: Merkel endorses new Brexit 'compromise' deal

Belgium, Brussels
October 17, 2019 at 18:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed the newly renegotiated Brexit deal, which she referred to as 'compromise', during a briefing at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday.

Merkel highlighted that all EU members states welcomed the deal achieved between Michael Barnier and the British government, that would bring them closer to achieving the objective of delivering an orderly Brexit, but said it still wasn't a "happy day" to be having one of the members states leaving.

"I think we've had good negotiations on the event that I would not claim is a positive one, but we hope we would be able to maintain a very close relationship with Great Britain" said Merkel.

"We think it is a good deal, we think it is an agreement that bares in mind many of the conditions we wanted to see comply with, I called it squaring the circle, I think we've been quiet successful in doing so", she added.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed the newly renegotiated Brexit deal, which she referred to as 'compromise', during a briefing at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday.

Merkel highlighted that all EU members states welcomed the deal achieved between Michael Barnier and the British government, that would bring them closer to achieving the objective of delivering an orderly Brexit, but said it still wasn't a "happy day" to be having one of the members states leaving.

"I think we've had good negotiations on the event that I would not claim is a positive one, but we hope we would be able to maintain a very close relationship with Great Britain" said Merkel.

"We think it is a good deal, we think it is an agreement that bares in mind many of the conditions we wanted to see comply with, I called it squaring the circle, I think we've been quiet successful in doing so", she added.

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