Merkel: No special treatment for Britain if it leaves the EU family

Britain "can’t expect the same privileges as it had before," German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Tuesday, in the wake of last week's British vote to leave the European Union.

"Whoever leaves the family can’t expect the same privileges as it had before without also having the obligations," Merkel said at a special meeting Tuesday at the Bundestag.

She said that there would be no discussions with Britain on the framework for leaving the EU, formally or informally, until London officially invokes Article 50, the relevant clause for a member country to leave the EU.

"We must not be distracted from big challenges," she added, in comments that came ahead of a two-day meeting in Brussels of EU member states to discuss Britain's decision to leave.

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