Still time for Brexit solution: Merkel

‘From a political point of view, there is still time,’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel told an economic conference in Tokyo. (Reuters)
Updated 05 February 2019
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Still time for Brexit solution: Merkel

  • ‘From a political point of view, there is still time’
  • ‘But for this it would be very important to know what exactly the British side envisages in terms of its relationship with the EU’

TOKYO: There is still time to find a solution to the impasse on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Japan on Tuesday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected by parliament last month and she is trying to persuade the EU to accept changes to the agreement before the March 29 deadline for departure.
“From a political point of view, there is still time,” Merkel told an economic conference in Tokyo.
“That should be used, used by all sides. But for this it would be very important to know what exactly the British side envisages in terms of its relationship with the EU,” she said.
Acknowledging that the tight timeframe was difficult for businesses desperate for certainty given “just-in-time” production systems, Merkel said the “special” problem was the Irish border and the backstop agreement.
“It should be humanly possible to find a solution to such a precise problem. But this depends ... on the kind of trade deal that we forge with each other,” she said.


Pakistanis protest acquittal of 4 in India train attack

Aqsa Ali shows a picture of her father Shaukat Ali who was injured in an 2007 train explosion in India, during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP)
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Pakistanis protest acquittal of 4 in India train attack

  • In 2007, two coaches of the Samjhauta Express, or Friendship Express, were engulfed in flames while traveling from New Delhi to Atari

LAHORE, Pakistan: Family members of Pakistanis killed in an Indian train explosion are protesting an Indian court’s acquittal of four Hindus charged with triggering the blasts 12 years ago, which killed 68 passengers.
At a rally in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday, relatives chanted: “We want justice,” and called on Prime Minister Imran Khan to take the matter to the International Court of Justice.
Last week, an Indian court ruled investigators had not conclusively proved that the accused were guilty.
In 2007, two coaches of the Samjhauta Express, or Friendship Express, were engulfed in flames while traveling from New Delhi to Atari, the last station before the Pakistan border. Most of those killed were Pakistani citizens.
Thousands of travelers use this train service each year.