September 4, 2018 / 6:47 PM / a year ago

Germany working hard to secure Brexit deal, but can't rule out failure - Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a financial conference at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany and its partners in the European Union are putting all their energy into securing a deal with Britain on its planned exit from the bloc, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, adding there was no guarantee an agreement would be reached.

“We don’t want the discussions to break down. We will use all our force and creativity to make sure a deal happens,” Merkel said in a speech at a financial conference in Frankfurt.

“We don’t want these negotiations to collapse. But we also can’t fully rule that out because we still have no result.”

Reporting by Tom Sims, writing by Joseph Nasr in Berlin; Editing by Alison Williams

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