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Germany: Merkel warns UK there will be no 'cherry-picking' in Brexit talks02:32

Germany: Merkel warns UK there will be no 'cherry-picking' in Brexit talks

Germany, Berlin
June 28, 2016 at 12:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

German chancellor Angel Merkel promised that "negotiations will not be conducted on the principle of cherry-picking" when the UK decides to officially leave the European Union, during a speech in the German Bundestag in Berlin, Tuesday. "There has to be and there will be a noticeable difference between being a member of the European Union and not", she stressed.

Merkel, who was speaking in parliament for the first time since the Brexit referendum, also said that "Great-Britain should have a big interest in shaping a close and friendly relationship" when the country negotiates its exit from the EU. She went on to say, "Germany will always stand up for the idea and the value of the European agreement, also and especially in these difficult times and at this historical crossroads."

Opposition leader Dieter Bartsch from Die Linke countered the Chancellor by pointing out that British Prime Minister Cameron is part of her own European political family: "first, they gave themselves privileges in Europe and then they were against. It is simply true that the Tories are your friends" he said.

Germany: Merkel warns UK there will be no 'cherry-picking' in Brexit talks02:32
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German chancellor Angel Merkel promised that "negotiations will not be conducted on the principle of cherry-picking" when the UK decides to officially leave the European Union, during a speech in the German Bundestag in Berlin, Tuesday. "There has to be and there will be a noticeable difference between being a member of the European Union and not", she stressed.

Merkel, who was speaking in parliament for the first time since the Brexit referendum, also said that "Great-Britain should have a big interest in shaping a close and friendly relationship" when the country negotiates its exit from the EU. She went on to say, "Germany will always stand up for the idea and the value of the European agreement, also and especially in these difficult times and at this historical crossroads."

Opposition leader Dieter Bartsch from Die Linke countered the Chancellor by pointing out that British Prime Minister Cameron is part of her own European political family: "first, they gave themselves privileges in Europe and then they were against. It is simply true that the Tories are your friends" he said.

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