Let's take future Britain-EU ties "step by step", Merkel says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Britain's PM Boris Johnson at Chequers

LONDON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded cautiously when asked if British prime ministers should in future be invited to European Union summits as part of a plan to repair ties damaged by Brexit, saying things should be taken "step by step".

Merkel said that the immediate priority was to find a durable solution to the row over the status of Northern Ireland with respect to the EU single market and Ireland.

After that, she said, "we will see" where Britain-EU relations can develop to.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Paul Carrel)

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