Angela Merkel is making her last official visit to the UK as German chancellor.
During a press conference alongside Boris Johnson, Mrs Merkel has said that “pragmatic solutions” can be found on the issue of the Northern Ireland protocol.
Speaking at Chequers she said:
“I think I’m optimistic that this can happen.”
She says it is “vital” that issues surrounding Northern Ireland protocol are settled, and that it is then given “some time to see how this works out and plays out in reality”.
But Boris Johnson said it was:
“extraordinary that it threatened to stop medicines passing from Britain to Northern Ireland to say nothing of the issue of chilled meats.”
He told reporters:
“Imagine if bratwurst could not be moved from Dortmund to Dusseldorf. We have to sort it out. I am sure as Angela says, with goodwill and patience we can fix it.”
Angela Merkel addressed a virtual meeting of the Cabinet, the first foreign leader to do so since Bill Clinton in 1997. The two leaders have also been discussing ongoing future relations between London and Berlin.