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Germany BLASTS Remainers and say High Court Brexit ruling has created unwelcome ‘limbo’

GERMANS have warned Remain supporters not to leave Britain “in limbo” over Brexit as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured them there would be no delay.

During a bilateral meeting in Berlin the German Government made it clear that they do not want any delays in getting Britain out of the EU.German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier did not hide his concerns about the High Court ruling to allow MPs and peers to veto Brexit or block Article 50 despite the overwhelming mandate by the British people to throw off Brussels rule.

Mr Steinmeier also backed up Brexit campaigners views that the government needs to speed up invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which officially opens the two year-long talks on the divorce deal.

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German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier did not hide his concerns about the ruling on Brexit


“But, after all the discussions we should now be clear about this, a limbo situation doesn’t help anybody. Two years are a rather short period.”Asked if he was running out of patience with the UK, Mr Steinmeier said: “In this regard, it is not a matter of personal patience.

“I hope very much that the consequences of the High Court ruling won’t lead to extending the whole process, and dragging things out.”

Mr Steinmeier used the occasion to again underline that the UK would not be allowed to remain in the Single Market without accepting free movement of labour, ridiculing the “Remoaner” demand that the Government should be forced to keep membership of the Single Market.

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Mr Steinmeier backed up Brexiters’ views that the government needs to speed up invoking Article 50


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Mr Steinmeier told Mr Johnson he was not happy about his role in the referendum campaign


His words echoed those of European Council President Donald Tusk who recently insisted there is no hard or soft Brexit just leaving, including leaving the Single Market.Mr Steinmeier said: “We can’t have facilitated access to the single market on the one hand, and on the other hand Britain rejecting the seemingly less attractive parts of this system.

“So we will now wait for Britain to express its position on the notification under Article 50, and then negotiations should start as soon as possible. I don’t see any new way for preliminary negotiations.”

The German government’s bitterness over the historic vote also came to the fore as Mr Steinmeier told Mr Johnson he was not happy about his role in the referendum campaign.

“You were on the side of those who saw the future of Britain outside the EU. I am making no secret of the fact, and you know that, that I was not particularly amused about this.

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Mr Steinmeier said the UK could not stay in the single market without accepting free movement


“Your Government has taken a clear and unambiguous position with regard to Brexit. We regret that, but, of course, we respect this decision, and both sides now have to find a way of dealing with the situation.”Great Britain, and Boris, understand that our priority, of course, has to be the cohesion of the EU 27. Making sure that there is this cohesion.

“For us Europe remains the lynch pin for our policy, for our foreign policy,” he said.

Responding to the pointed remarks, Mr Johnson said: “I am sure that you reflected a wide spectrum of German opinion in what you say about the UK decision, Frank, but be in no doubt that there is a huge opportunity here too.

“And with the right spirit I believe we can turn these negotiations into a win-win discussion that produces a strong EU and a strong UK linked by a new European partnership.”Mr Johnson also insisted the High Court judgment would not alter the timetable for withdrawal.

“I think it is very important to understand that this is one stage in a legal process, that the Government is going to appeal that ruling.

“No, I don’t think it will interfere with the timetable for that process.”

When Mr Steinmeier was asked if he was running out of patience, Mr Johnson said: “He is not running out of patience, I can tell you.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/728926/Germany-warns-Remoaners-not-leave-Britain-limbo-over-Brexit

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