>> The voice of calm from Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, looking to temper pressure for a speedy Brexit.>> Honestly, it shouldn't take ages, that's important, but I won't fight now for a short time frame.>> EU ministers on Saturday called on Britain to begin divorce proceedings quickly, and the European Commission's President wants negotiations to start right away.
>> As soon as possible.>> But almost alone in continental Europe, Merkel has moved to slow the rush out the door.>> There is absolutely no reason to handle this without being sensible.>> Good morning everybody.>> Boris Johnson, the favourite to take over as Britain's prime minister agrees there's no need for haste.
The Vote Leave campaign wants informal talks to begin before triggering the official two-year countdown. The divorce may yet get messy with some suggesting the EU will take a hard line on Britain to send a message to others considering following their lead. The risk of a domino effect is real, Slovakia's far right People's Party launching a petition for a copycat vote, France's Marine Le Pen also promising a referendum if she wins the presidency next year.
After meeting with the French President Saturday, she said it was clear some want the the divorce to be as painful as possible.