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    Merkel Wants to Hold 'Speedy Talks' With UK on Brexit

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Brussels wants to "hold speedy talks" with London regarding the Brexit issue a day after UK PM Theresa May's Conservatives suffered a painful loss at the general election at home.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Merkel said Friday she was ready for the upcoming talks with the United Kingdom on the EU exit and expected London to stick to the agreed schedule.

    "We are ready for Brexit negotiations… These talks with the UK will begin in the coming days," she said at a joint press conference with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

    Speaking in Mexico City, the German chancellor stressed her country would remain a "good partner" for the United Kingdom after it leaves the European Union in March 2019.

    Asked whether UK-EU talks on the terms of Britain’s departure could be delayed after Prime Minister Theresa May’s party suffered a defeat in Thursday’s snap election, Merkel said nothing suggested that.

    "We’ve agreed the date [for talks], and from what I’ve heard from the prime minister [May] they will stick to their negotiating plan. We want to hold speedy talks," she told reporters.

    May called a general election in April to increase the Conservative majority in parliament in order to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, due on June 19. The election led to a hung parliament after the Tories won 318 seats, down from 330 they got in 2015.


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