Merkel assumes May will stick to Brexit talks plan

Aaron Brown
June 10, 2017

European Union leaders expressed concern that May's loss of her majority would raise the risk of negotiations failing, resulting in a legal limbo for people and business.

Regarding the missing persons, who number in the tens of thousands in this country, she stressed the need to "punish and find the culprits".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she spoke with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about two of the country's touchiest subjects: journalist murders and widespread disappearances.

"We will wait for the results of these elections but meetings (on Brexit) are going to begin and we are going to defend the interests of the 27 countries which will be in the European Union in the future", Merkel said on Friday.

According to information from the National Registry of Data on Missing or Disappeared Persons, there are now more than 30,000 people missing in the country.

"We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations can not start as was agreed".

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Friday's events will end with an official dinner on the occasion of the closing of the Dual Year between the two nations and in honour of the Chancellor.

"There is certainly still work to do, but I am convinced that we should take on this task", she said.

"We are ready for Brexit negotiations..." She said Europe, like Mexico, was also suffering from problems linked to violence like terrorism.

Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, said he wanted discussions to proceed without delay, while Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator for Brexit, said "negotiations should start when United Kingdom is ready". "We see it as an opportunity to reach an agreement with the European Union after more than 20 years of these conversations", Macri said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands during the national anthems, at a ceremony to pay homage to Argentina's national hero General Jose de San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, June 8, 2017. On Friday she'll be in Mexico, but first, Merkel met with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, in Buenos Aires.

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