Merkel says ready for Brexit talks

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PV International Desk : German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she assumed Britain would stick to its plan for leaving the European Union after the country’s election upset, and that she wanted to work quickly on talks over Brexit.

British voters failed to deliver a widely expected parliamentary majority for the Conservative party in Thursday’s general election, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May just days ahead of difficult Brexit talks with the EU.

Speaking during a visit to Mexico City, Merkel said Germany was ready for the Brexit talks, which May said would begin on Jun 19 as scheduled – although she now risks more opposition to her EU departure plans from inside and outside her party.

“I assume that Britain, from what I heard from the Prime Minister today, wants to stick to its negotiating plan,” Merkel told a news conference alongside President Enrique Pena Nieto.

“We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don’t think there is anything to suggest these negotiations cannot start as was agreed.”