November 14, 2018 / 9:24 PM / a month ago

Germany welcomes draft agreement on Brexit as 'a great relief'

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday he was very pleased British and European Union negotiators had reached a draft agreement on the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc.

“That is a great relief,” Maas said in a statement.

“Britain’s exit from the EU is, and remains, a decision that we regret. Nevertheless, we want to continue to have as close as a relationship as possible with our British friends. We have now come a decisive step further.”

Writing by Paul Carrel; editing by John Stonestreet

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