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German government denies Merkel offered additional Brexit assurances

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German government denies Merkel offered additional Brexit assurances
British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in December 2018. Photo: DPA
12:25 CET+01:00
The German government is rejecting a British report that Chancellor Angela Merkel offered additional assurances over Brexit during a Sunday phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to several German media outlets.

The British newspaper The Sun reported, citing a senior British government official, the German and British leaders agreed that there needs to be “a blood-letting moment” before additional talks.

The British official further told The Sun, “Merkel believes there is more the EU can do once the vote is over as no deal would be a disaster for everyone, and they agreed to talk after it.”

A German government spokesman told DPA that The Sun wrongly reflected the conversation between the two European leaders.

"The German Chancellor has given no assurances beyond those that were discussed by the European Council in December and what is set out in the letter from (European Commission President) Jean-Claude Juncker and (European Council President) Donald Tusk," said the spokesman.

The back-and-forth comes before a key vote in British Parliament Tuesday. The lower house will decide whether or not to back PM May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

 

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