The Conservative Party did not secure a widely expected parliamentary majority in Thursday's general election, dealing a major blow to prime minister Theresa May just days ahead of hard Brexit talks with the EU.
Having called the snap election in order to obtain a greater mandate to push through a tougher deal with the European Union on departing the bloc, May now faces the prospect of having a majority of just a single seat in the new parliament as a result of a deal struck with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.
Merkel said Britain was part of Europe regardless of Brexit, and that she wanted the country to remain a good partner.
After being pictured enjoying a beer with Mexican President Enrique Nieto in Mexico City, Mrs Merkel ended her brief period of "polite" restraint from commenting on Mrs May's catastrophic poll.
While many have suggested that European leaders in Brussels will be rubbing their hands in glee at the result of the United Kingdom election, the truth is that lawmakers are eager to get the negotiations underway as soon as possible, and worry that any uncertainty in London will delay and complicate the process even further.
But without the strong mandate Mrs May had hoped for, and with no majority, the UK's strategy for negotiating Brexit has been thrown into uncertainty.
"With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the negotiations will turn out badly for both sides", adding that he was unsure if Britain's negotiations about leaving the bloc could begin on time.
"We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations can not start as was agreed".
Meanwhile, Michael Fuchs, senior economic adviser to the German chancellor, told the BBC the result meant it was time for Mrs May "to face realities" and soften her approach. Bohuslav Sobotka said that too much time had already been wasted.
"The British have spoken, they have voted, and have given the Conservative Party a majority, albeit a simple majority, which is something of a surprise", Philippe told Europe 1 radio.More news: Ram Temple exists in Ayodhya; needs a grand look: UP minister
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"Maybe, this is a chance that we can come up to a more reasonable Brexit negotiations because in the last time (recently) I really had the feeling that everything was just being very tough and it doesn't make sense to be tough".
"Britain is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, so we have a lot of shared challenges to deal with, and that's the spirit we want to carry out these negotiations in".
Other EU leaders have expressed concerns the failure to win a majority may make negotiations even more hard.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, described the election result as "yet another own goal" for the UK.
Another German lawmaker, MEP Elmar Brok, who is the Brexit representative for Angela Merkel's faction in the European parliament, said: "Theresa May's authority in her own party is broken".
"But now it will be necessary to wait for who will form a government and what this government will bring to negotiations over Brexit".
Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the talks would begin when Britain was ready, suggesting he would consider a short delay.
"We don't know when Brexit talks start", European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Friday as the election results became clear.
With talks due to start in Brussels on June 19, Mr Tusk said it was their "urgent task" to get on with the negotiations in "the best possible spirit". "We know when they must end", he said, referring to the March 2019 deadline.