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‘Don’t be hard on Britain during Brexit’ – and THIS is who said it

BRITAIN’S hopes of a favourable Brexit deal have been given a huge boost after the German engineering industry called for more constructive talks between the UK and the EU.

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Concerns have been raised over trade restrictions once Britain leaves the EU


The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) are fearful about potential restrictions on trade between Britain and the .With the UK standing as the fourth largest export market in 2016 with an export volume of £6.8billion (€7.4billion), they want answers to the questions surrounding Britain’s EU exit.

In an impassioned intervention Karl Haeusgen, who is vice-president of the German VDMA, implored EU leaders to start taking Britain’s exit from the club more seriously.

He warned the economic price of failing to strike a trade deal with the UK “will be bad for all of us” and said German manufacturers were concerned for the future of their businesses.

Holger Kunzel, director of the VDMA European Office, said: “We still do not see a clear picture of how the British government is presenting Brexit in concrete terms.“It is positive that the UK has now presented its first papers. However, the positions leave many questions open and do not address the topics discussed in the first negotiation phase.”

VDMA chief executive Thilo Brodtmann said: “The news about the Brexit negotiations show how difficult the process of the departure of Great Britain from the EU is.

“The negotiation outcome will be worse than the status quo, should there be any result at all by March 2019.“A key feature of democracies is that decisions can be considered and reversed. Why should this not be possible with Brexit?

“In the sense of a strong and prosperous Europe, we would therefore welcome if Brexit was being discussed more fundamentally again in Great Britain.”

Despite concerns that trade between Germany and the EU could suffer as a result of Brexit, the VDMA has made it clear there can be no unilateral concessions to Britain.

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Merkel has taken a hardline stance on the UK’s future trade relations with the EU


Germany’s engineering industry is keen to preserve the EU’s single market and consider it a higher priority than short-term trade facilitation with the UK.In June, the VDMA urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to think about the “very negative consequences” of a no-deal Brexit and slammed both sides of the negotiations for failing to grasp the severity of the situation.

It comes after Mrs Merkel upped her rhetoric against Britain and branded Brexiteers “delusional” for believing the UK can enjoy a similar trade relationship with Europe outside the EU.

In a speech back in April which caused widespread controversy, the German chancellor said: “A third state, and that’s what Britain will be, cannot and will not have at its disposal the same rights as members of the EU.”

And in a dig at Theresa May she added: “I must say this clearly here because I get the feeling that some people in Britain still have illusions – that would be a waste of time.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/845477/brexit-news-eu-uk-germany-engineers-trade-deal-vdma-britain

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