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Angela Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK election

17 Juin 2017

"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 European Union in the future", Merkel said on Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was hopeful that Britain would stick to the Brexit plan following the snap general election that saw the ruling Conservative Party lose some of its parliamentary seats.

Merkel said Europe wanted Britain to remain a good partner, adding they wanted to get to work "speedily".

"As far as the Commission is concerned we can open negotiations tomorrow morning at half past nine", Juncker said jokingly on Friday.

After calling a snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in the talks, Prime Minister Theresa May now faces heading to Brussels with a weaker mandate and with her own position under threat. According to schedule, the negotiations begins on June 19.

The EU has set a clear negotiating plan for Brexit talks with a possible free trade deal with Britain only coming after the bloc is satisfied with the outcome of a divorce bill for the UK.

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She further said that during negotiations, European Union states would be "asserting the interests of members that will make up the future of the EU".

"We want to have a fair deal with Britain and we want to have a fair final Brexit negotiations".

European Council President Donald Tusk alluded to the March 2019 deadline for Brexit talks.

The parties must reach an agreement by March 2019 if the United Kingdom is to avoid crashing out of the bloc with no deal.

"Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated", he tweeted. "We know when they must end", said Mr Tusk.

Angela Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK election