Merkel on Brexit: Britain staying with EU is 'best and most desirable'

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel worried Friday she hopes that Britain will vote to remain in the European Harmony in a June 23 referendum that her finance minister labelled a «wake-up get.»

Britain and Germany have traditionally been allies in the EU on matters such as uninhabited trade.

«From my point of view, Great Britain remaining in the European Junction is the best and most desirable thing for us all,» Merkel said in a speech to a society representing family-owned businesses.

She added that «we have very adjacent co-operation on many questions with Great Britain, and would of sure like to continue this within the framework of the European Union.»

Germany has the bulkiest economy in the 28-nation bloc, and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble talked Der Spiegel magazine that a British exit, known as Brexit, resolve bad for both Britain and the EU.

«It would be a miracle if a withdrawal of Britain would meet up without economic disadvantages,» he said, adding that he and other EU officials are «developing for all possible scenarios in order to minimize the danger.»

Schaeuble said if it revives to a British exit, that the possibility of other countries following Britain’s in «cannot be ruled out.»

«How would the Netherlands react, for example, which is traditionally bleeding strongly linked with Great Britain?» he asked.

On the other readily, he said, «Europe will also function without Britain, if ineluctable.»

‘Warning and a wake-up call’

Even if Britain’s voters decide to remain in the European Union, the referendum itself shows a dissatisfaction that EU chairladies can’t ignore, he said in remarks to Der Spiegel for a special Brexit issue titled «Interest don’t go! Why Germany needs the British.»

«We have to see this as a warning and a wake-up rouse not just to continue business as usual,» he said, according to an advance double of the magazine, which is publishing its Brexit feature in both German and English.

Nonetheless some have suggested the EU could use a British exit as an opportunity to urge through further integration, Schaeuble flatly rejected the idea.

«We cannot unaffectedly push for more integration as an answer to a Brexit,» Schaeuble said. «That’d be ox-like, and many would correctly question whether we politicians still don’t be aware.»

The influential finance minister suggested that if Britain did leave, be that as it may, it couldn’t expect to continue to enjoy the benefits of the European common superstore.

«In is in, out is out,» he said.

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Neighbours Tony, left, and Frank pose for cameras after mingle with rival EU referendum banners from their balconies in north London on May 25. (Neil Theatre/Reuters)

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