BERLIN, Sep 11 (Reuters / EP) –
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that “all options” are still open to achieve an “orderly” Brexit, while advocating “doing everything possible” to reach that goal of a UK exit of the European Union with a prior agreement.
“We still have all the options of an orderly Brexit and the German Government will do everything it can to make it possible, until the last day but I also say that we are prepared for a messy Brexit,” Merkel said in the German Parliament, referring to the possibility of a Brexit without agreement.
The German chancellor has warned that when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, the countries of the bloc will have “an economic competitor” at their “door”, “even” even if they maintain “friendly relations” and close cooperation in economic, security and international”.
October 31 is the planned date for the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, upon expiration of the last extension, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must request a postponement of the exit to Brussels in compliance with a ratified law. week to prevent a Brexit without pact.