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Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has said that she is not “frustrated” by the lack of clarity of Britain regarding Brexit. However, she said that she is still “curious” about what the government of the United Kingdom actually wants to achieve in the negotiations.
At a press conference in Germany, the chancellor was asked whether she was annoyed by the failure of the UK government to clearly spell out what it wants its future relationship with the European Union to look like.
The European Union and Britain have formally been involved in the Brexit negotiations for nearly a year. However, the United Kingdom has yet to nail down the specifics of how it hopes the separation of the United Kingdom from the bloc will work.
On Friday afternoon, Merkel stated: “I’m not frustrated at all, I’m just curious how Britain envisages this future partnership.”
She continued: “We very much look forward to Britain again setting out its ideas.
“We would like to initiate those negotiations because we are under a certain amount of time pressure, but we also want to be very diligent and very careful in working on this which means we will have frequent exchanges of views.”
Merkel added: “We sometimes don’t know how our opposite number sees something. But frustration doesn’t describe it appropriately.”
She said that she wanted Britain to be as close as possible to European markets following its exit from the bloc. However, she said that the German people still “deplore” the decision to leave the bloc in the first place.
Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, informed journalists that the government of the United Kingdom would set out more details on its Brexit negotiating stance in the “coming weeks.” However, she suggested that the EU side also needed to do more for the discussions to progress, saying that talks are not a “one-way street.”
The prime minister said that negotiations are about “people sitting down and talking about the issues.”
Merkel and May held a joint press conference in Germany before the Munich Security Conference which took place this weekend. May made a speech on how she would like the security relationship between the UK and the EU to work after Brexit.