The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said that she wants Britain to stay in the European Union, suggesting that both Britain and the rest of Europe benefit from the UK’s continued involvement inside the common market.
Chancellor Merkel made the remarks during a summit to discuss the European Union and Britain’s continued involvement in the community. She said: “I agree that the UK should remain a member of the European Union, but of course, the decision isn’t up to us, it is up to the British,” and added "we will do what we can so that Britain can stay.”
Germany is widely seen as a major player inside the EU, meaning that her remarks carry special weight in representing the rest of the EU’s opinion.
Her comments will be taken as further evidence that the UK and the North East’s broader economic and social interest remains in remaining inside the EU, bringing jobs, growth and prosperity, as well as protections at work and at home.