BERLIN Nov 29 German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Tuesday she was confident that EU member states would
forge a common strategy in Brexit talks with London instead of
seeking bilateral deals.
"The EU 27 are united that it is in our interest to
negotiate together," Merkel said when asked about media reports
that some member states might seek bilateral deals with Britain.
She added: "I told the British Prime Minister (Theresa
May)very clearly during our talks that first Article 50, then
common guidelines from the European Council, and then the
negotiations, and I have no reason to doubt that this agreed
strategy will be followed."
Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, speaking at the same
news conference in Berlin, said there cannot be a decoupling of
the EU's four basic freedoms and that any deal with Britain must
be inferior to its full membership of the bloc.
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline