Merkel hopes United Kingdom can present new Brexit proposals next week

Protesters have criticised May and Corbyn for failing to resolve the Brexit crisis. AFP  Tolga Akmen

Protesters have criticised May and Corbyn for failing to resolve the Brexit crisis. AFP Tolga Akmen

Merkel added that she will work "until the very last hour" to prevent a no-deal scenario, which would be problematic for all parties.

Ms Merkel said her discussions in Dublin encouraged her "to explore ways to continue to ensure this peaceful co-existence you have worked so hard for".

"We will have to be successful", she added.

The top House of Lords is also set to consider legislation which could force Prime Minister Theresa May to look for out a Brexit delay in the European Union.

"I think you also have this phrase 'where there's a will, there's a way".

Merkel underlined the significance of her visit to Dublin, saying it is because Germany wanted to show its solidarity with Ireland at a hard time.

While Merkel said she hoped the discussions in London will lead to a "common position" by next Wednesday when the European Union gathers for a summit.

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Mr Varadkar has previously said that a longer Brexit delay "might make more sense" than the United Kingdom seeking "an extension every couple of weeks or every couple of months, because that just adds to the uncertainty for citizens, for businesses and for farmers".

"But we have to do this together with Britain and with their position that they will present to us".

"Where there is a will there is a way", Merkel said, as reported by Reuters, referring to efforts to avoid a hard border while at the same time protecting the EU's single market.

"We said that if the United Kingdom had not ratified the withdrawal agreement it should come forward with a clear plan for the way forward by next week or it would leave the European Union on 12 April without a deal", Varadkar said.

"On the German side, and here we are in full agreement with Ireland, we want good, intensive relations", she stressed.

Speaking on RTÉ's Countrywide programme, Leo Varadkar said that if one country was to veto an extension and as a result impose hardship on Ireland, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium and France "they wouldn't be forgiven for it".

However, French Europe minister Amelie de Montchalin said such a delay would require the United Kingdom to put forward a proposal with "clear and credible political backing".

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