A Union flag, left, flaps in the wind alongside EU flags in front of European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday evening in a bid to finalize a Brexit agreement as she continues to battle domestic critics of the draft deal. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The Latest: Germany's Merkel pushes for orderly Brexit deal

November 22, 2018 - 6:06 am

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's talks to leave the European Union (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pledging to do everything to reach an agreement with Britain securing its orderly exit from the European Union.

Merkel said Thursday at a Berlin conference of Germany's main employers' organization that "Britain's withdrawal is shaping up to be more difficult than a fictitious withdrawal of another member country," simply because of the complexity of regulating the border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland.

Merkel said: "I can tell you that I will do everything so that we get an agreement — a disorderly withdrawal is the worst possible way for the economy but also for the mental situation of our future relationship."

She added that "there will certainly still need to be many discussions, particularly in Britain."


10:50 a.m.

The pound is rallying on the news that the European Union and Britain have agreed on a draft declaration on the future of their political relations after Brexit.

European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday that a deal had been agreed on in principle and requires the final approval of EU leaders at a summit on Sunday.

The British currency, which has been volatile since the 2016 Brexit vote, jumped 1.1 percent to $1.2915 on the news.

The deal on future relations comes after Britain and the EU agreed on a divorce deal that settles the terms of Britain's exit. The state of future relations are of particular concern to investors as they would influence how closely businesses can continue to trade across borders.

While Britain and the EU are expected to rubber-stamp the Brexit deal Sunday, the pact faces significant opposition in the British parliament, which could yet vote it down, with uncertain consequences.


10:30 a.m.

European Council President Donald Tusk says that the European Union and Britain have agreed on a draft declaration on the future of their political relations after Brexit.

Tusk said in a Tweet Thursday that "the (EU) Commission President has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators' level and agreed in principle at political level."

Tusk, who chairs meetings of EU leaders, says he has sent the draft political declaration to Britain's 27 European partners.

He says the draft declaration still requires "the endorsement of the leaders."

EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels on Sunday to rubber-stamp the declaration and a separate divorce deal.


10:00 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet Austria's chancellor to build support for her Brexit plan ahead of a possible Sunday summit.

May plans to meet Thursday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency.

The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain's departure, but are still working to nail down a separate political declaration on their future relations after Brexit.

Kurz told the Austria Press Agency in remarks published Thursday that his trip to London is designed to help May build support for the deal, which faces opposition in the British Parliament.

He also says he hopes to get a "realistic picture" of May's chances of getting majority support for the bill.

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