Britain's exit agreement will not be changed: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Reuters Berlin, Germany Dec 12, 2018, 08.32 PM(IST)

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'We have no intention of changing the exit agreement,' Merkel told a session of the German parliament held to discuss the upcoming Brussels summit of EU leaders.

None of the remaining 27 members of the European Union have any intention of modifying the exit agreement reached between the bloc and Britain, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament on Wednesday (December 12).

"We have no intention of changing the exit agreement," Merkel told a session of the German parliament held to discuss the upcoming Brussels summit of EU leaders.

"That is the common position of the member states."

There is still time to agree an orderly British exit from the European Union, Merkel added, saying that although time was running short, she was still hopeful that a damaging disorderly departure could be avoided.

"We have little time left, but we do still have enough time," she told parliament.

Sterling, battered by uncertainty over British Prime Minister Theresa May's political future and the arithmetic of getting the withdrawal agreement through the British parliament, leapt to a daily high against the dollar after Merkel's remarks.