UK says security and jobs key to EADS-BAE merger

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Britain said onSunday that any merger between EADS and BAEmust ensure that British national security and jobs arepreserved.

"Our approach to this has been to make it very clear thatour priorities are of course the national security of the UnitedKingdom, second: jobs and investment in the UK," financeminister George Osborne told Sky television.

"Those are the tests against which we are judging theproposal brought to us by these two companies," Osborne said.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Matt Falloon)

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