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Merkel urges Britain not to harbor illusions about the future after Brexit

The European Union will put its interests first in negotiations on the terms of Brexit and will insist that the conditions for a "divorce" must be stipulated and established before a new trade relationship with the UK begins, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in the German parliament.

Merkel made her statement before the remaining 27 European Union leaders meet at an extraordinary summit on Saturday to discuss Britain’s exit from the block. She called the upcoming talks very difficult and warned that Britain should not wait for any indulgence.

Some officials in Britain still have illusions about preferential treatment after Brexit, Merkel said, adding that that would be a waste of time.

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