Merkel welcomes May's Brexit 'clarity', vows European unity

Berlin, January 19, AZERTAC

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed the "clarity" provided by British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech laying out her plans for Brexit, according to

After talks with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Berlin, the leader of Europe's top economy said that the remaining EU member states would enter into the negotiations with London with a united front.

Looking to Gentiloni, Merkel said that Germany and Italy would "closely coordinate" with each other and with "our respective industrial sectors" as the Brexit talks progressed.

Gentiloni, speaking through an interpreter, said that May's speech had "put some meat on the bones" of the British position on leaving the European Union.

He pledged there would be "solidarity" among the other 27 EU member states but also "of course friendship" with Britain.

"I'd like to stress two things that are to me important and positive: that Theresa May recognized and underlined her support for international alliances and secondly that the agenda for Britain leaving will stick to the treaties," he said, citing the terms laid out in Article 50.

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