Merkel: Need a strong UK with a strong voice inside the EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told MPs and peers in Westminster that "we need a strong UK with a strong voice inside the European Union." She also said Europe's politicians must be guided by the need for the EU to constantly change and reform.

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Angela Merkel to address parliament and visit Queen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address parliament and have tea with the Queen in a high-profile visit to London today where she is expected to indicate her support for Britain staying in the European Union.

Angela Merkel is expected to say how much Germany wants Britain to remain as part of the EU. Credit: PA Wire

Merkel's support is seen as crucial to David Cameron's aims to reform the country's relationship with the EU.

The Prime Minister has promised to renegotiate the UK's membership and hold an in-out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives win the general election next year.

The German Chancellor will also hold meetings with Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

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