Merkel says ready for Brexit talks, assumes United Kingdom sticking to its plan

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

"Right now, I don't see any obstacles for the negotiations to take place as planned".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she expects Brexit negotiations to go ahead within days.

Merkel said Europe wanted Britain to remain a good partner, adding they wanted to get to work "speedily".

Speaking in Mexico City alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Merkel said she was ready for the Brexit negotiations, which are due to begin in the coming days.

The German chancellor said the European Union wants talks to progress "quickly" and warned it will defend the interests of its members during the looming divorce proceedings.

According to Mrs Merkel, Germany waits for the election in Britain, at the same time, no need to underestimate that talks on Brexit should start as sonn as possible.

Mrs Merkel went on to say she hoped the United Kingdom would remain a good partner.

Instead, her party lost seats in the elections, down from 330 to 318.

Mrs Merkel dined with the president in Buenos Aires as Mrs May, who she has clashed with over Brexit negotiations, was predicted to struggle to win the election comfortably.

"We are glad that negotiations for a trade deal between Mercosur and the European Union have been relaunched after having been interrupted for a year", she said in an address after meeting with German business leaders. "We insist", said the Chancellor of Germany.

As host of the G-20 summit, "I'll naturally have to speak up about differences if we don't agree on certain points", Merkel said at the news conference in Argentina on Thursday.

We want to do it (Brexit) fast, respecting the timetable. Let's put our minds together on striking a deal, ' he said on Twitter.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, described the election result as "yet another own goal" for the UK.

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