Merkel pledges ‘close partnership’ with Boris Johnson

Merkel pledges 'close partnership' with Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday offered Britain's Boris Johnson close cooperation and friendship, after the Conservative leader scooped a decisive general election victory.

“Congratulations, Boris Johnson, on your resounding victory. I look forward to working with you for the friendship and strong cooperation between our nations,” said Merkel in a statement posted by her spokesman on Twitter.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas noted that the UK poll result showed that the British Prime Minister now “has a clear mandate to bring about Brexit.”

“It is now very possible that an orderly exit will happen at the end of January,” Maas told the Funke newspaper group.

Maas underlined however that Britain could still return to the EU if it wishes to one day.

“The doors of the EU remain obviously open to Britain,” he said.

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