A new poll shows nearly two-thirds of Germans want their government to reclaim some powers from the European Union after the UK voted to leave.
The survey by Emnid for the N24 news channel found 62 per cent of the country’s citizens believe it should reclaim some of its powers, although the overwhelming majority are still in favour of membership.
Three-quarters of those surveyed said they wanted to continue being members of the union - but like Britain. this figure disguises a generational gap.
Some 90 per cent of under 30s said Germany’s membership of the union was positive - compared to just over two-thirds of respondents aged 50 or over.
The poll also found only one third of Germans believe Britain will actually leave the European Union - despite their Chancellor, Angela Merkel, saying the decision is irreversible.
Speaking at the EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, Ms Merkel said it would be “wishful thinking” to suggest there was any way Britain could remain in the union after 52 per cent of voters backed Brexit.
British politicians are yet to trigger Article 50, which will formally begin negotiations for the country’s withdrawal.
Outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron said it would be up to his successor to formally begin negotiations.
Meanwhile, a top constitutional lawyer said Parliament would need to vote to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act - which ratified the UK joining the EU - in order for the Government to legally withdraw.
Brexit reactions – in pictures
Brexit reactions – in pictures
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign look at their phones after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall
Leave supporters cheer results at a Leave.eu party after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in London
Mr Cameron announces his resignation to supporters
Donald Tusk proposes that the 27 remaining EU member states ‘start a wider reflection on the future of our union’
Ukip leader Nigel Farage greets his supporters on College Green in Westminster, after Britain voted to leave the European Union
Supporters of the Stronger In Campaign react as referendum results are announced today
Boris Johnson leaves his home today to discover a crowd of waiting journalists and police officers
Leave EU supporters celebrate as they watch the British EU Referendum results being televised at Millbank Tower in London
Supporters of the Stronger In Campaign react as results of the EU referendum are announced at the Royal Festival Hall
Supporters of the Stronger In campaign react after hearing results in the EU referendum at London's Royal Festival Hall
The majority of the 649 MPs currently sitting in the House of Commons backed the Remain campaign and Labour backbencher David Lammy has called for the house to reject the referendum result as it was “advisory”.
Similarly, more than four million people have now signed a petition calling for a second referendum.
They say that as a simple majority of votes, the result does not reflect the majority view of the British public because turnout was below 75 per cent.Reuse content