Senior Merkel ally says London should be allowed Brexit rethink

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks to Head of the Federal Chancellery Peter Altmaier during the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has said politicians in London should be able to have the chance to think again about the consequences of leaving the European Union.

“Politicians in London should have the possibility to reconsider the consequences of an exit,” the RND newspaper network on Sunday quoted Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, as saying.

If Britain really left, that would be “a difficult watershed with many consequences,” RND quoted Altmaier as saying. Of course Britain could apply to rejoin the EU later, RND reported him as saying, “but that would take a long time.”

Writing by Paul Carrel, editing by Emma Thomasson