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 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 quoted him as saying, “but that would take a long time.”