Berlin has urged the EU “not to retaliate” Britain after the referendum


The Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the TV channel ZDF said that the remaining 27 countries in the European Union should not take revenge on the UK for Brexit, according to Reuters.

According to the head of the German foreign Ministry, the EU should focus on reaching agreement in areas such as security, migration and economic growth.

“We have to make a choice that was made [by the UK] and not to seek revenge,” he said.

Steinmeier stressed that tough negotiations on the conditions of exit of Britain from the EU, but European leaders have pledged to chart a new course for solving the problem with a high level of bezraboticy among youth and other issues raised by the referendum in the UK.

The representative of the political party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the European Parliament Manfred Weber, in turn, said about the need to soon start negotiations with Britain about its exit from the EU, to ensure stability and avoid uncertainty.

“We want to negotiate a new relationship, not a nasty divorce,” said Weber in an interview with Muencher, quoted by Reuters. “My goal would be the completion of negotiations on entering [the UK from the EU] for about a year,” he said.

According to the newspaper Die Welt, which cites documents of the German Finance Ministry, German officials are concerned, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Hungary can also try to leave the EU after a vote in the UK.

According to Steinmeier, political parties in some participating States of the EU are likely to be similarly popular vote, but he doesn’t know any particular country that is seriously considering leaving the EU. According to him, the majority of Germans support the future EU membership.