Nigel Farage, the head of Britain's UKIP, said on Tuesday he wanted to be good friends and trading partners with the remaining EU nations after Britain exits the bloc. Now we have to win the peace," Farage told journalists before a European Parliament session to discuss the British referendum. "We want to be good friends, good neighbours, good trading partners." Farage said Britain should leave as soon as possible, but that the process should be amicable, adding that the size of the British economy and its close links with the rest of the EU meant that it should be given a preferential deal.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told Britain on Tuesday it will not be able to not cherry-pick the parts of the European Union it wants, such as the single market, without accepting principles like free movement when it negotiates its exit from the bloc. Addressing Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament before heading to Brussels for talks on Britain's shock decision to leave the EU, Merkel said London would not get special treatment. "We'll ensure that negotiations don't take place according to the principle of cherry-picking ... It must and will make a noticeable difference whether a country wants to be a member of the family of the European Union or not," she said.