We have responsibility to get an orderly Brexit: Merkel
BERLIN – Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Jan. 19 she would do all she could to make sure Britain leaves the European Union with an agreement and, striking a conciliatory tone, she felt a responsibility to get an orderly solution.
The rejection this week of London's deal with the European Union by British lawmakers has thrown the process into disarray with options ranging from a no-deal Brexit in 10 weeks time to staying in the bloc.
"I will work until the very last day to get a solution with a deal for Britain's exit from the EU and I will work towards having the best relationship," Merkel said at a conservative party event in the northern city of Rostock.
Merkel said Germany respected Britain's decision to leave, but added: "We have a responsibility to shape a divorce process so that people don't shake their heads at us in 50 years time and say why weren't they in a position to make a compromise?"