German chancellor expresses support for Irish government and says EU would consider extension to avert no-deal Brexit

Angela Merkel has pledged the European Union’s support in averting a hard border on the island of Ireland despite concern this could undermine the single market in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The German chancellor expressed solidarity with the Irish government in a visit to Dublin on Thursday and urged the UK to present a viable plan to avert crashing out of the EU next week.

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