German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that as a federal government and a member of the European Union (EU), Germany is prepared for Brexit negotiations, after the United Kingdom general election came to an end.
The German chancellor pointed out that regardless of Britain's imminent exit from the European Union, the country will remain a good partner with the bloc.
Angela Merkel while her press conference in Mexico said that Germany is ready for the negotiations with the United Kingdom on Brexit. We want to do this quickly, respecting the calendar.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council of national leaders, was even more explicit, saying that while "We don't know when Brexit talks start. We will defend the interests of the 27 member states, and Britain will defend its own interests", she told a press conference.
The prime minister says she will form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats.
She said talks with Britain on its withdrawal from what will now be the 27-member European Union would start "in the coming days".
"Brexit negotiations should start when United Kingdom is ready; timetable and European Union positions are clear". We know when they must end.
"Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations".
"We are ready for the negotiations. I am fully committed to maintaining regular and close contact at our level to facilitate the work of our negotiators", he added. "Let's put our minds together on striking a deal".
The ability of the United Kingdom "to sustain political continuity through the discussions looks challenged" following the result of the general election, Malcom Barr, a European economics analyst at JPMorgan, said in a note to clients on Friday.
"We must ensure that the Brexit talks are handled in a smooth and coherent manner to secure the best possible outcome for Ireland, for Europe and the United Kingdom", he said. Mrs May called the snap election in order to secure a clear mandate for her vision of Brexit.
And Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on all parties to "join together" to keep the United Kingdom and Scotland in the single market.