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Preparing for Brexit negotiations,says Merkel after UK elections 2017

She stressed that EU will hope to continue to be UK's partner

IANS  |  Berlin 

This combo photo shows Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May, left, launching her leadership bid in London and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at an EU summit in Brussels.
This combo photo shows Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May, left, launching her leadership bid in London and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at an EU summit in Brussels.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that as a federal and a member of the European Union (EU), is prepared for Brexit negotiations, after the general came to an end.

"We are preparing for Brexit. We will wait for the results of these elections but meetings (on Brexit) are going to begin and we are going to defend the interests of the 27 countries which will be in the in the future," Merkel said on Friday.

The Chancellor did not comment on elections that concluded on Friday, in which British Prime Minister Theresa May's lost the absolute majority.

The party won 318 seats, eight less than the total 326 required, which forced her to join hands with Northern Ireland's

On the other hand, Merkel also stressed that the will hope to continue to be the UK's partner.

"From our side, we are ready for the talks, we are prepared. I understand that is going to respect the timetable. We want to do it (Brexit) fast, respecting the timetable. As of now, I don't see any obstacles for negotiations to start as expected," said Merkel.

The Brexit negotiations are slated to begin on June 19.

First Published: Sat, June 10 2017. 12:58 IST
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