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Merkel’s Brexit plot: Germany ‘has been preparing for no deal for MONTHS’

GERMAN officials have been preparing a contingency plan for months in case Brexit fails, according to sources.

Angela Merkel’s government says that in recent months they have been spending just as much energy on how to handle a Brexit flop as preparing for a negotiated solution.The Federation of German Industry (BDI) warned German firms on Thursday that it would be “naive” not to be ready for a “a very hard exit”.

This, the BDI said is because Theresa May’s government lacks a clear strategy on how to exit the European Union following last year’s referendum.

BDI Managing Director Joachim Lang said: “After four rounds of negotiations, German industry looks with concern at the progress of the Brexit negotiations.

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Germany’s Angela Merkel is preparing a contingency plan in case Brexit fails


Britain is Germany’s third most important single export destination and its fifth biggest overall trading partner.The UK is the second biggest export market for German car manufacturers with a value of nearly €29 billion (£26billion).

German carmakers and suppliers also employ roughly 9,000 people at 95 production sites in Britain.

BDI has set up a task force including major companies, to tackle the issue.

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Brexit minister, David Davis, is expected back in Brussels on Monday for a fifth round of talks


But as in-fighting consumes the UK Government, Germany is not the only member state to have stepped up quiet preparations for a possible collapse of Brexit talks.Most member states are preparing what to do if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal 18 months from now.

Mrs May’s EU counterparts still see the “no-deal scenario” she threatened them with as most unlikely, as they think it would hurt Britain much more than the continent.

But after her faltering party conference this week and ahead of important meetings in Brussels over the next fortnight, diplomats are shoring up plans for a legal limbo in March 2019 and urging businesses to do the same.

Michel Barnier, the European Union negotiator, says his aim is an orderly exit. But he repeatedly cautions that he has a mandate from EU leaders to help prepare for failure and regularly tells businesses to be sure to plan for the worst.

For many, talk of a breakdown in talks remains part of the bluff and counter-bluff of negotiations.Mrs May’s problems inside her own government indicate to many across the Channel that the country is so divided it may be unable to reach a deal.

Brexit minister, David Davis, is expected back in Brussels on Monday for a fifth round of negotiations with Mr Barnier.

But expectations among EU officials are low to nil for a breakthrough on key divorce issues.

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EU officials said: “With Boris Johnson as prime minister, the negotiations would be easier”


Aside from uncertainty over how a new EU border with Ireland will work and differences over rights for expatriates after Brexit, a standoff over tens of billions of euros that Brussels argues Britain will owe on departure seems far from resolution.Describing as “unbelievable arrogance” British offers to pay just 20 billion euros (£17.96 billion) of a “Brexit bill” which the EU estimates at perhaps 60 billion euros, a senior diplomat from a country Britain generally views as an ally in EU affairs said Mrs May would have to face down hardliners who reject such payments.

Few of Britain’s negotiating partners see any benefit in a change of prime minister now.

 

However, an EU diplomat said: “With Boris Johnson as prime minister, the negotiations would be easier.“We could save ourselves all this analysing,” the diplomat said, “As he’d just drive the talks straight off the cliff.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/863287/Brexit-Germany-preparing-for-no-deal-on-Brexit-fails-Angela-Merkel-Theresa-May-David-Davis

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Jane Davies
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That one sentence sums it all up “Theresa May’s government lacks a clear strategy on how to exit the European Union” no plan was in place for a leave vote so sure they were that the vote would be to remain and now all this time wasted fannying around. I agree Peter, Thatcher would have got the job done by now and this is indeed embarrassing for the country that we have politicians who are unable to govern, but then they have never had to because they have always been told what to do by the EU unelected. Why can’t… Read more »
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