Bri­tain will be stronger within EU

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BERLIN—Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel on Thurs­day urged Bri­tain to stay in the EU, warn­ing three weeks ahead of its ref­er­en­dum that a ‘Brexit’ vote would leave the United King­dom with less clout.

“I have re­peat­edly said that I per­son­ally wish that Great Bri­tain stays part of the Euro­pean Union,” she told a Berlin press con­fer­ence.

Cit­ing the ex­am­ple of in­ter­na­tional trade talks, she pointed to the ben­e­fits of be­ing part of the EU bloc and the risks of iso­la­tion.

“One na­tion by it­self will never be able to achieve such good re­sults” in trade ne­go­ti­a­tions, Merkel said.

Out­comes reached as part of the 28-na­tion bloc “will be qual­i­ta­tively bet­ter for the peo­ple of Great Bri­tain... I’m very cer­tain of that”.

Merkel stressed, as she has done be­fore, that the de­ci­sion whether to stay or leave “is the de­ci­sion of Bri­tish cit­i­zens”, mind­ful not to be seen as med­dling in the con­tentious is­sue.

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