German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to wait until 2017 before starting the formal process of leaving the EU, a day before the British leader was to meet with French President François Hollande on Thursday.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to wait until 2017 before starting the formal process of leaving the EU, a day before the British leader was to meet with French President François Hollande on Thursday.