Chance of smooth Brexit fades after British election chaos

Claudine Rigal
Juin 13, 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said he was also ready to start talks and hoped the United Kingdom general election would not have an impact. "We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar", Merkel said during a visit to Mexico.

"Britain is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in". 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. "We will defend the interests of the 27 member states, and Britain will defend its own interests", she told a press conference. In response to reporters' questions, Merkel said she's concerned both about Venezuela and the situation with Qatar.

She said talks with Britain on its withdrawal from what will now be the 27-member European Union would start "in the coming days". "We know when they must end".

"On our side we are ready to negotiate and prepared", Merkel said Friday in Mexico City after talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto, adding that she hoped Britain was also interested in sticking to the agreed negotiating schedule.

However there was clear frustration with the European Union at the failure of the election to deliver a decisive result. While the European Commission would like to facilitate the first set of talks and for it to be fast enough to make it in time for 22-23 June EU Council, it seems that the U.K may not be able to make it on time.

As Mrs May sought to secure a parliamentary majority by striking a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP, a spokesman for Mrs Merkel said they would refrain from commenting out of "politeness and respect".

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