German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was now UK's turn to respond to a set a of suggestions put forth by the EU to resolve the present deadlocks in the Brexit negations. Merkel made the remarks while speaking in a joint presser with Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins in Berlin on Monday.

"I think that an important offer has again been made to Britain, and now it is of course for Britain to respond to these offers," said Merkel, who stated she had welcomed suggestions put forth by the European Commission to provide clarity over issues regarding the backstop.

Merkel also touched upon the necessity of a joint defence mechanism to be developed and adopted by the EU member countries adding it would in no way shadow NATO's role in Europe.

"A communal European defence policy must not be designed to replace NATO but must work within NATO," said Merkel who argued that EU's bolstered defence capabilities would in turn lead to better partnerships with global actors such as the United States.

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