Britain assures Germany it will be 'strong partner'

Britain said Monday it would be a "strong partner" to Germany, in response to comments by German.
By James Carlin | May 31, 2017
Britain said Monday it would be a "strong partner" to Germany, in response to comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the UK and the United States no longer being reliable allies.

"As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defense and security, and we hope, in trade," Interior Minister Amber Rudd said to BBC radio.

Rudd added that Britain could reassure Mrs. Merkel that it wants to have a deep and special partnership so that two can continue to maintain European-wide security to keep them all safe from the terrorists abroad and "those that are trying to be nurtured in our country."

At an election rally yesterday in Munich southern Germany, Merkel told the crowd that the times in which the country could completely depend on others are on the way out.

"I've experienced that in the last few days," Chancellor Merkel stated.

And speaking after a summit in Sicily with G7 leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump, Merkel warned that Europeans have to take their fate into their hands.

Reacting to Merkel's comments, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that Premier May had allied herself with Donald Trump, and the German leader's sentiments are the "inevitable outcome."

In a statement, a spokesperson for UKIP said that the European Union has relied on the commitment of the US and the UK through NATO to defend it.

The statement went on to say that in that time, most of the EU members have failed to maintain their defense spending, expecting that "we are going to pay forever."

She added that while Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with Britain and the United States, "we have to fight for our destiny."

Britain voted to bring to an end its four decades of European Union membership in a referendum last year.

Complex discussions with Brussels are set to commence later this month ahead of an expected exit in 2019.

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