German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the Confederation of German Employers 'Associations (BDA) on the occasion of German Employers' Day in Berlin, Germany, on November 22, 2018. REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch
BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union has done almost everything to reach a satisfactory agreement on leaving the country of the European Union. This is Britain where new talks are needed, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Speaking at a congress of the German employers' association BDA in Berlin, Merkel said she would do everything possible to ensure an orderly Brexit, as a chaotic exit from the EU would overshadow future links between the EU and its outgoing member.
"I will do my best to get an exit agreement," she said. "A messy Brexit is the worst thing, not only for the economy, but also for the mental situation of our future relationship."
"We would already have an agreement if there was no Irish border," she added. "We have made some progress, but it will take much more discussion, especially in Britain. As Member States, we can only do two things: deal with Britain in a spirit of friendly partnership and stay together as the remaining 27. "
Report by Thomas Escritt; Edited by Paul Carrel