October 17, 2019 / 7:28 AM / a month ago

Merkel says Brexit deal still possible but we're not there yet

BERLIN, Oct 17 (Reuters) - There has been significant movement in negotiations on Britain’s departure from the European Union and a Brexit deal is still possible but that goal has not yet been reached, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

“There has been movement in recent days, significant movement ... so we are on a better path than before but, today I must say very clearly, we have not reached the goal yet,” Merkel told Germany’s Bundestag lower house of parliament.

“So I cannot say today how the European Council will end tomorrow,” she added ahead of a summit of European Union leaders. “But I can say that we will not allow hate and violence to flare up on the island of Ireland again.”

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Michelle Martin

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