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German ministers to hold first Brexit meeting on Wednesday

Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with key ministers on Wednesday to begin formulating Germany's position on Britain's departure from the European Union, her spokesman said.

Steffen Seibert said it will be the first time the cabinet's specially created "Brexit" committee holds a formal meeting.

It will take place a day after UK Prime Minister Theresa May gives a much-anticipated speech with details of Britain's goals in exit negotiations with the EU.

Other members of the cabinet committee include economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Mrs Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier.

Mr Seibert told reporters in Berlin that "German interests need to be identified in order to bring them to the negotiations".

Germany and Britain have Europe's first and second biggest economies respectively.

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