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Germany: Merkel will fight 'until the last hour' for an orderly Brexit02:04

Germany: Merkel will fight 'until the last hour' for an orderly Brexit

Germany, Berlin
March 19, 2019 at 15:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed she would fight 'until the last hour' for an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the European union, while speaking at the Global Solutions Forum in Berlin on Tuesday.

"I will fight for an orderly exit until the last hour of the 29th of March, and for that we do not have much time, but rather a few days," Merkel said.

Merkel's comments come only a day after UK Speaker of the House John Bercow ruled that May's Brexit deal could not be put to another vote unless a substantially different proposal was submitted.

"I'll concede that I wasn't actively aware of the British Parliament's rules of procedure from the 17th century, so I took note of this with interest yesterday. And now we'll see what [British Prime Minister] Theresa May will tell us, what the wishes are. And we will try to react to this," Merkel said.

The EU is expected to reach a deal on the length of a Brexit delay with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday.

Merkel also commented on recent reports of a potential merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, saying "I think those are private business decisions. And I very much advocate that the federal government should not interfere with this with a vote."

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed she would fight 'until the last hour' for an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the European union, while speaking at the Global Solutions Forum in Berlin on Tuesday.

"I will fight for an orderly exit until the last hour of the 29th of March, and for that we do not have much time, but rather a few days," Merkel said.

Merkel's comments come only a day after UK Speaker of the House John Bercow ruled that May's Brexit deal could not be put to another vote unless a substantially different proposal was submitted.

"I'll concede that I wasn't actively aware of the British Parliament's rules of procedure from the 17th century, so I took note of this with interest yesterday. And now we'll see what [British Prime Minister] Theresa May will tell us, what the wishes are. And we will try to react to this," Merkel said.

The EU is expected to reach a deal on the length of a Brexit delay with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday.

Merkel also commented on recent reports of a potential merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, saying "I think those are private business decisions. And I very much advocate that the federal government should not interfere with this with a vote."

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