Despite Britain’s exit from the European Union with Brexit , Britain has clearly maintained that it will continue to maintain close economic relations with Europe power house Germany . This stand was stated by Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May during her first official visit as Prime Minister to Germany . “Of course, our relations will change, but economic relations will remain close,” Xinhua quoted May as saying.
Political developments in Turkey, the refugee issue and Brexit were discussed during May’s visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
Merkel, during the meeting, stressed Germany’s close partnership with Britain, adding Germany would represent its own interests in upcoming Brexit negotiations, Merkel added.
However, the process could go on in a “friendly atmosphere and on the basis of many common convictions,” said Merkel.
Merkel reiterated that negotiations could only start after a formal request from London. “It is a matter of common concern when Britain applies the exit with a very well-defined negotiating position,” she said.
May said it would be “part of discussions” in the coming negotiations, whether the British should remain part of the free-trade area without free movement of EU citizens.