LUXEMBOURG Jan 12 The 27 members of the
European Union negotiating with London on Britain's exit from
the bloc must stick together and not allow themselves to be
divided, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
Merkel, speaking against the background of a planned
reduction in corporation tax in Britain, also said EU members
must agree on a joint approach to corporation tax.
"We all know that we need more harmonisation," she told a
joint news conference with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier
Refering to Britain's decision to leave the EU and what
looks like being a difficult and complex negotiating process on
the divorce terms, Merkel said: "It is important that we do not
allow ourselves to be divided, the 27 must act together in the
The chancellor also stressed it was important for EU member
states to increase the exchange of data to improve security in
the bloc, and that they should quickly implement a register of
people entering and leaving.
Since a Tunisian failed asylum seeker rammed a truck into a
Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people, last month before
fleeing to Italy where he was shot dead, Merkel has stepped up
her calls for cross-border cooperation on security issues.
"Everyone sees the urgency and everyone knows that if we do
not succeed, each country will introduce its own border controls
and free movement won't be possible," said Merkel, adding that
meant freedom of services as well as of people.
"It makes me optimistic that a lot of countries have sadly
had the experience that terrorism is a big challenge for all of
us and only cross border cooperation in the (passport free)
Schengen area will help us," she said.
(Reporting by Michele Land, Writing by Madeline Chambers in
Berlin, Editing by Paul Carrel and Angus MacSwan)