Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed on Saturday how important it is that all parties involved in Brexit want an orderly exit from the United Kingdom from the European Union, and doubted the country’s real intentions to reach an agreement.
“It would of course be in the interest of the United Kingdom and all Member States to achieve an orderly exit,” Merkel said in an interview in the Süddeutsche Zeitung in which she emphasized that an orderly exit can only be achieved “if both parties want to. “
“What matters is not our desires, but the reality ahead, in other words, the first thing the United Kingdom wants,” said the German President.
Merkel has argued that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government wants to define its own relationship with the European Union, it must “live with the consequences”, which could mean “a less connected economy”.