Merkel to meet Johnson and queen on final visit to Britain

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks at the Chancellery during a press conference after an online meeting with state premiers to discuss how to proceed with the Astrazeneca vaccine. Merkel justified the new age restrictions for Astrazeneca's drug in light of the trust in Corona vaccines Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP POOL/dpa
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks at the Chancellery during a press conference after an online meeting with state premiers to discuss how to proceed with the Astrazeneca vaccine. Merkel justified the new age restrictions for Astrazeneca's drug in light of the trust in Corona vaccines Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP POOL/dpa

Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Britain on Friday on what is likely to be her last visit to the country before she leaves office. Meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II are scheduled.

Merkel travels first to Chequers, the British prime minister’s country retreat, for a midday meeting with Johnson. German-British relations after Brexit and containing the coronavirus pandemic are likely to be high on the agenda.

Merkel and other German leaders have expressed concern at the number of spectators being allowed to watch European Football Cup matches at Wembley Stadium. The German authorities have been alarmed at the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the virus in Britain.

A meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle outside London has been scheduled for late afternoon.

Merkel and Johnson met at the G7 summit held in Cornwall between June 11-13, where they held a bilateral meeting. The chancellor will leave office following the September elections in Germany.

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