Germany's Merkel says Britain's May must decide on ties with EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on July 12, 2016.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on July 12, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday (July 12) that Theresa May's task as British Prime Minister will be to decide on what sort of relations her country will have with the European Union after Britons' historic decision to leave the bloc.

"The task of the new Prime Minister... will be to get clarity on the question of what kind of relationship Britain wants to build with the European Union," Merkel said at a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Berlin.

May is due to take over as Prime Minister from David Cameron on Wednesday.

 

Seperately, Merkel said she expects no crisis in Italy resulting from the need to recapitalise some banks there.

"As for Italy, there are intensive talks of the Italian government and with European Commission, the finance ministers are talking today," she said during a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

"I am very convinced that the questions that must be decided there will be resolved in a good way. I see no critical developments on the whole."