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German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Britain would be treated fairly by the European Union after it quit the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, but Brexit would nonetheless have its price.

Britain formally announced its intention to leave the 28-nation bloc in March, and has stated its intention to maintain a close relationship with the EU on exit. In recent days, Merkel has repeatedly stated that Britain must expect a more distant relationship if it is no longer a member.

(Reporting Gernot Heller; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Joseph Nasr)

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