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'No need to be nasty' Merkel wants clear-headed Brexit talks

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By Christopher Cummins with AGENCIES
'No need to be nasty' Merkel wants clear-headed Brexit talks
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has tried to calm the waters following the British vote to leave the European Union.

She called for clear-headed negotiations with the UK without the need for haste.

This contradicted the tone set by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier who said talks should begin as “soon as possible.”

“I have the feeling that we shouldn’t try to frighten anyone in the separation negotiations. We are sad that the way the vote turned out, but that is no reason to be especially nasty in the negotiations, they must be held in a businesslike manner,” said the chancellor.

In Berlin the foreign ministers of the six founding members of the European Community Germany,France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands met to discuss the implications of the Brexit vote.