EU, UK must work for better Brexit process

BERLIN, Jun. 25 (MNA) – Berlin on Saturday hosted a meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU founding states, namely Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium, who discussed the potential consequences of London’s decision to leave the European Union.

Host German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivered a speech at Saturday meeting saying the European Union must restrain itself from hysteria and sporadic actions following Brexit.

"We are in a situation which does not allow neither hysteria, nor shock. We must not slide into feverish actions or pretend that all the answers are already known," Steinmeier told journalists.

The European Union and the United Kingdom must maintain dialogue to carry out the British exit process, Steinmeier added.

"Not all the answers regarding the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union are lying in the open, it all depends on how closely we will listen to each other," he noted.

German FM added that the European Union is a "successful project of peace and stability" and it is important to give a signal that it will not be abandoned.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Netherlands' Bert Koenders, Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni, Belgium’s Didier Reynders and Luxembourg’s Jean Asselborn attended the meeting which focused on the topical pan-European issues.

On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

A number of EU member states, including France and Germany, have expressed regret over the results of the UK vote.


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