Europe

Merkel wants dialogue before Brexit negotiations

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech about the European Union at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech about the European Union at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech about the European Union at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech about the European Union at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for the beginning of the debate about the European Union at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for the beginning of the debate about the European Union at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Britain must engage in "constructive dialogue" with the European Union before negotiations can begin on its departure from the bloc.

"We need to know how Britain sees its future relations with us," Merkel told the German parliament Thursday.

"Let there be no doubt: Brexit negotiations will demand a lot from Britain and Europe."

Britain has two years to complete its deal to leave the 28-nation European Union but is currently preoccupied with a snap election taking place in early June.