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Merkel Welcomes May’s Brexit ‘Clarity’, Vows European Unity

Merkel Welcomes May’s Brexit ‘Clarity’, Vows European Unity

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed the "clarity" provided by British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech laying out her plans for Brexit.
After talks with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Berlin, the leader of Europe's top economy said that the remaining EU member states would enter into the negotiations with London with a united front.
Merkel said that May's keenly anticipated address Tuesday had provided a "clear impression of how Britain wants to move forward".
"However the negotiations would only begin when Article 50 is triggered," she told reporters, referring to the part of the EU's Lisbon Treaty under which a country officially declares its intention to quit the bloc.
Looking to Gentiloni, Merkel said that Germany and Italy would "closely coordinate" with each other and with "our respective industrial sectors" as the Brexit talks progressed.
"I am not worried that we won't stand together -- the most important thing is that Europe won't let itself be divided and we will ensure this with very close contact," she said.
Gentiloni, speaking through an interpreter, said that May's speech had "put some meat on the bones" of the British position on leaving the European Union. (AFP)