Germany 'Constructive' over Britain's EU Bid

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Germany 'Constructive' over Britain's EU Bid


Byline: Press Association reporters newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

GERMANY wants to play a "constructive" part in Britain's bid to renegotiate its relations with Brussels, Angela Merkel said, as she insisted "where there's a will there is a way" following talks with David Cameron.

In a significant boost to the Prime Minister's bid to reform the European Union, the Chancellor did not rule out treaty change.

Germany has "clear-cut hope" that Britain will remain a member of the EU but negotiations are set to be "protracted", she said, following the talks in Berlin.

Mrs Merkel said: "Of course we have the desire to work very closely together. We would like to be a part of the process that is going on in Great Britain at the moment and we would like to be a constructive partner in this process.

"I have also said wherever there is a desire there's also a way, and this should be our guiding principle here as well."

The talks mark the end of Mr Cameron's whirlwind tour of European capitals to secure support for his renegotiation bid.

He said: "Of course there is no magic quick solution, but as the Chancellor has said on this previously, and again today, where there's a will there is a way.

"The European Union has shown before that when one of its member states has a problem that needs sorting out, it can be flexible enough to do so, and I have every confidence that it will do so again.

"The European Union is better off with the United Kingdom as a member and I believe that Britain's national interest can best be served by staying in the European Union on the basis of a reformed settlement. …

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