September 5, 2018 / 9:57 AM / 3 months ago

Merkel's allies want close ties with Britain, reject hard Brexit

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CSU Bavarian allies said on Wednesday that they wanted to have a close relationship with Britain after its departure from the European Union.

“The United Kingdom remains a close economic partner and ally. We decisively reject a hard Brexit,” the Christian Social Union (CSU) said in a draft communique seen by Reuters that the CSU is due to agree upon on Thursday.

The CSU, Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), is holding a two-day meeting near Berlin.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; writing by Michelle Martin; editing by Thomas Seythal

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