Merkel assumes United Kingdom will stick to original Brexit plans
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 15:53
Angela Merkel has said she assumes Britain will stick to its Brexit negotiation plan after the shock election result.
'We were waiting for the election in Britain, but in the next few days these talks will begin. "We know when they must end", he said, referring to the March 2019 deadline. She said talks with Britain on its withdrawal from what will now be the 27-member European Union would start "in the coming days".
The British government's views on upcoming Brexit negotiations have not changed following Prime Minister Theresa May's failure to win an outright majority at a national election, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said today. We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar.
"At the same time, we say that we want to remain a good partner to Britain".
British Prime Minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in an election on Thursday and is in talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support to form a new government.
However, she insisted the EU countries would be "asserting the interests of the 27 member states that will make up the European Union in future" during negotiations.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, described the election result as "yet another own goal" for the UK.
"Our shared responsibility and urgent task now is to conduct the negotiations on the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union in the best possible spirit, securing the least disruptive outcome", EU Council President Donald Tusk wrote in a congratulatory message to May.
European Union leaders question how any British government could persuade voters to accept such an outcome and so would be wary of starting down the path of negotiating it for fear of ending up without a deal that both sides could ratify in 2019.
According to The Guardian, Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, said that talks should start "when the United Kingdom is ready".
"Let's see if the next government changes its position on Brexit", the official said as results confirmed May could no longer command a majority in parliament.
Hogan said another British election might be needed to give a government a mandate to make the hard decisions required to secure a Brexit deal, as May was "very damaged" as a result of the poll.