There is no desperate rush for Britain to trigger the process for it to leave the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, leaving London some space to work out its next move after a referendum vote to leave the bloc.
"Quite honestly, it should not take ages, that is true, but I would not fight now for a short time frame," Merkel told a news conference at a meeting of her party outside Berlin.
Her comments came a day after she expressed regret over the result of Brexit referendum.
"We have to recognize the decision of the majority of the British people with deep regret today," she said Friday.
"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 she had invited other European leaders to discuss the next steps regarding a British exit from the bloc. "I have... invited EU Council President Donald Tusk, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Berlin for talks on Monday," she confirmed.