Brexit vote marks a watershed moment for Europe: Angela Merkel

By: | Updated: June 24, 2016 6:10 PM

Angela Merkel said today is a watershed for Europe, it is a watershed for the European unification process.

angela merkelAngela Merkel said Germany had a particular interest and responsibility in European unity succeeding. (Reuters)

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is deeply regrettable and marks a watershed moment for European integration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Merkel told reporters she had invited the leaders of France and Italy as well as the European Council president to Berlin on Monday to discuss how to secure European unity after Britain referendum vote to quit the 28-member bloc.

Also Read: Brexit: Why David Cameron & Angela Merkel feel Britain should remain in EU

“We have to recognise the decision of the majority of the British people with deep regret today,” she said. “There is no point beating about the bush: today is a watershed for Europe, it is a watershed for the European unification process.”

Merkel said Germany had a particular interest and responsibility in European unity succeeding.

“I have therefore invited EU Council President Donald Tusk, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Berlin for talks on Monday.”

Merkel said it was important that all the other 27 EU member states analysed the situation together in a calm and sober manner and did not rush into any decisions.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition