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Merkel Sees Brexit as Unavoidable Once Next U.K. Leader in Place

  • U.K.’s ‘decision has been taken,’ German chancellor says
  • Dodges fourth-term question in German television interview
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What's Next for German-U.K. Relations After Brexit?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expects the next U.K. prime minister to honor the Brexit referendum’s result and start talks with the European Union on leaving the bloc.

“‘In my view, the decision has been taken,” Merkel said in an interview with Germany’s ZDF television on Sunday. “The next step, in all probability, is that Britain will make an application under Article 50 of the EU treaties once it has a new prime minister.”