Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote

Posted June 13, 2017

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government, if her Conservative party has lost its overall majority as an exit poll and near-complete results indicate.

"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.

The UK Government wants the talks to take place in parallel during the Brexit process. So did the decision by her predecessor, David Cameron, to call the referendum on European Union membership in the first place.

Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, who is president of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, had caustic words for Mrs May. "Yet another own goal: after Cameron, now May".

Britain was urged yesterday to plan a softer Brexit as senior European figures called for a new mood of compromise.

The minister said he would attend the detailed discussions on Britain's divorce from the European Union while May would do the "big negotiations" with other leaders.

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In Strasbourg where members of the European Parliament are holding the monthly plenary, MEPs seem broadly frustrated and impatient by Britain's domestic politics and the delay they are causing.

And the "Brexit" clock is ticking.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start".

In her final rally of the campaign, in Birmingham on Wednesday, she said it again and claimed once more that only she could offer the "strong and stable leadership to get the best deal in Europe".

As well as the exact start date, the two sides have to agree on the format of talks.

"Crucially I've brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative Party", May explained. The revitalized Labor Party did better in urban seats that were opposed to leaving the bloc.

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Fitch also added that the loss of 21 seats by the Scottish National Party reduced the possibility of a second Scottish independence referendum. "That must mean tariff-free access to the single market".

They certainly will. And perhaps some of those MPs who voted for Article 50 in the Commons and the Lords back in March now regret doing so.

Britons have heard little about the cost of leaving the world's biggest free-trade bloc - not least the tens of billions of pounds owed to Brussels for existing liabilities such as pension obligations and investment commitments in the current European Union budget.

As such, policymakers in the Caribbean will be following the steps which the British government intends taking, as whatever happens there will have some bearing on how they approach the matter to carve out a policy that would benefit Caribbean countries.

"We are ready for the negotiations".

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