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Brexit decision is irrevocable, says Merkel

Published 18/08/2016

German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU 'must negotiate on the basis of our interests'
German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU 'must negotiate on the basis of our interests'

German chancellor Angela Merkel has reiterated that she considers Britain's decision to leave the European Union irrevocable.

Britain voted narrowly to leave the EU in a referendum June 23 but Prime Minister Theresa May has yet to formally trigger the process of negotiating the country's exit from the 28-nation bloc.

Mrs Merkel said in an interview released by her party: "The whole process of the exit still lies ahead of us, but the decision is irrevocable."

She added that the decision is a test for the EU, and said: "Now we must negotiate on the basis of our interests. And 'negotiate' means, above all, strengthening common projects."

Mrs Merkel said the EU offers its members a strong voice in the world that individual countries would not have.

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