Angela Merkel says Britain's decision to leave the EU is a "blow" to Europe (AFP Photo/John Macdougall)
AFP: Merkel warns EU against kneejerk reaction to Brexit
Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday warned EU member states against drawing hasty conclusions about Britain's decision to quit the bloc, as that risked further splitting Europe.
"We take note of the British people's decision with regret. There is no doubt that this is a blow to Europe and to the European unification process," she said.
But "what the consequences of this would be... would depend on whether we -- the other 27 member states of the EU -- prove to be willing and able to not draw quick and simple conclusions from the referendum in Great Britain, which would only further divide Europe," said Merkel.
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WNU editor: After British PM Cameron .... German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the next big loser in this referendum. Her open door policy towards immigration is what started this anti-EU shift .... and her reaction today tells me that she has not learned the lesson of what has happened in Britain. And while she is in denial of what Brexit means, I suspect that many in her coalition do not. This is a dilemma for them .... stick with her and lose the next election, or throw her out.