Merkel says aiming to cushion Brexit impact on EU citizens in UK

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will strive in Brexit negotiations to make sure there is as little disruption as possible to the lives of European Union citizens living in Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Stressing that she hoped Britain and the EU would remain close partners, Merkel told members of her conservative party that the prospect of Brexit made many people in Europe worried about their own personal future.

“This is the case especially for the many Germans and European citizens in Britain. Therefore, the German government will work intensively to make sure the effect on the everyday lives of those people is as small as possible,” she said.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Paul Carrel