FURIOUS Angela Merkel BLASTS BACK at May’s Brexit warning and insists EU WON’T be divided

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

ANGELA MERKEL today vowed the EU will “ensure” it is not left divided by Brexit ahead of divorce talks with Britain.

Wed, Jan 18, 2017

The German chancellor this morning met with new Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni in Berlin after Theresa May yesterday set out her Brexit blueprint.

Mrs Merkel welcomed the Prime Minister’s speech setting out her strategy for the UK’s EU exit but insisted the EU would present a united front in Article 50 negotiations.

Mrs May had warned the EU to learn the “lesson” of Brexit and provide greater flexibility for individual European countries in order to avoid “crushing” nation states or risking the future of the bloc.

Mrs Merkel said the remaining 27 EU member states now had “a clearer impression” of what Britain wants from divorce talks, while repeating her insistence Brexit negotiations will not be allowed to start until Mrs May formally notifies Brussels of Britain’s wish to quit the EU.

Mrs Merkel said: “The speech made by British Prime Minister Theresa May has given us a clear impression of how Great Britain wants to proceed but nonetheless the negotiations will only start when the application has been made in accordance with Article 50.

“The be-all and end-all is that Europe does not let itself be divided, and we will ensure that with very intensive contacts.”

Mrs Merkel added EU governments would consult with business sectors and declared she is “not worried that we will not stick together.”

Mr Gentiloni backed up Mrs Merkel’s comments. He said: “There will be solidarity among ourselves; there will of course also be friendship toward the UK.”

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