Angela Merkel is desperately hoping Britain will strike a deal with the EU. Throughout the Brexit process, the German Chancellor has pushed to keep Germany on the pragmatic end of the spectrum. Now, with the newest extension deadline of October 31 – a Halloween Brexit – looming, the soon-to-be former chancellor will be keen to help Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson secure a deal that’s in both Germany and the UK’s interests.
How Angela Merkel is pushing for Brexit deal
After the UK failed to withdraw from the EU on March 29, Germany immediately wanted to give Britain a further extension.
Then in April, Germany – together with the Netherlands – fought to give Britain an extension to further negotiate a deal.
And it seems Berlin remains cautious on Brexit, with the nation desperate for the UK to strike a deal.
In May 2016, David Davis told the public that after voting Leave, Britain’s first port of call should be “not Brussels, but Berlin”.
He said: “A UK-German deal would include free access for their cars and goods, in exchange for a deal on everything else. Similar deals would be reached with other key EU nations.”
Ever since, it has been a long wait for German economic self-interest to assert itself over the process.
However, it is clear Mrs Merkel remains keen to talk to the UK and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to essentially push through a deal.
But according to German diplomats, that does not mean the German Chancellor will accept the abolition of the Irish backstop as a precondition for talks.
The EU has, on multiple occasions, said the deal former Prime Minister Theresa May suggested is the one that remains on the table.
The bloc has said the Irish backstop is not open for renegotiation, leaving little room for Mr Johnson to exploit.
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A spokeswoman for the German government has said: “We still want Britain to have an orderly exit from the European Union.
“A no deal Brexit would be in nobody’s interests.”
That suggests Germany wants to remain open but trade talks could prove difficult.
Director General of BDI, which represents 37 German industry associations, Joachim Lang said: “The economy urgently needs a UK government that makes feasible decisions.
“Threats from London that the United Kingdom could leave the EU without an agreement are harmful and will come back like a boomerang…. Continue Reading below
Angela Merkel is desperately hoping Britain will strike a deal with the EU. Throughout the Brexit process, the German Chancellor has pushed to keep Germany on the pragmatic end of the spectrum.