June 9, 2017 / 10:08 AM / a year ago

Merkel's spokeswoman declines comment on British election outcome

BERLIN, June 9 (Reuters) - The German government closely watched the British election in which Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority but will not comment on that result while Britain tries to form a new government, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

“The German government of course followed the election very carefully, as always with such close and important partners, but out of politeness and respect I won’t comment on the result while the process of forming a government is going on,” Ulrike Demmer told a government news conference on Friday.

She added that the EU is prepared for Brexit negotiations and there were guidelines and a timeframe for them, adding: “Nothing has changed about that ... In any case we hope the negotiations can begin quickly because the two-year period is already running and could only be extended unanimously.” (Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Andrea Shalal)

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