Merkel says Britain will compete with EU post-Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference with Norway's Prime Minister after bilateral talks on October 15, 2019 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by AXEL SCHMIDT / AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the European Union must boost its competitiveness as Britain will become a new competitor on its doorstep after Brexit.

"One thing is clear, Britain will develop into another competitor on the doorstep of Europe. And therefore the EU will be challenged to become more competitive and to assume geopolitical responsibility," she told a gathering of executives from the machinery sector.

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