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Don’t say Auf Wediershen! 80% of Germans think Brexit will significantly damage EU

TWO-THIRDS of Germans are fearful of the negative effect Brexit will have on the European Union, according to a new poll.

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Germans are concerned about the impact on Brexit on the EU, according to a recent poll


Just 20 per cent of those polled by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for ZDF television can see the potential for long-term benefits in Europe following the UK’s decision to leave.

It also appears Germans do not hold out much hope for Britain’s future either, with 82 per cent believing the impact of  will be negative on the UK, compared with just nine per cent who think the country will benefit in the long run.

The news comes after David Davis and EU negotiator Michel Barnier claimed little progress had been made on major issues in a hostile press conference at the conclusion of the latest round of Brexit talks yesterday.

He called on the  to be more “imaginative” and “flexible” after a frosty round of talks.

“However, as I said at the start of the week, it’s only through flexibility and imagination that we will achieve a deal that works truly for both sides.

“In some areas we have found this from the Commission’s side, which I welcome, but there remains some way to go.”

“The Commission set out its position, and we have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate it vigorously.

“At this round we presented our legal analysis and it is fair to say… we have a very different legal stance, and as we said in the Article 50 letter, the settlement should be in accordance with law and in the positive of the UK’s continuing partnership with the EU.

“I think we’ve succeeded in agreeing mutual understanding but there are still significant differences to be bridged.”

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Germany is one of the most pro-European countries in the bloc and has repeatedly mocked Brexit


Last week, German chancellor Angela Merkel said  – a declaration that has prompted outrage from former Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Speaking about the controversial divorce bill, she said: “This is about obligations that Great Britain has entered into and that naturally must remain on the books.

“It’s not about the cost of divorce — that makes it sound like fines. We’re still at the very start of these negotiations.”

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Brexit negotiations have stalled as Davis & Barnier fail to agree on major issues


In response, Mr Farage told Express.co.uk: “She can go jump. To ask the UK to pay a Brexit bill without agreement on a free trade deal is tantamount to blackmail.

“Their make-believe Brexit bill has not legal basis whatsoever and the EU knows it.”

Forschungsgruppe Wahlen polled 1,308 German citizens between 29-31 August.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/848837/brexit-news-germany-uk-leave-negative-impact-fear-european-union-poll-latest

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Germany’s European Union has savaged and raped our now crippled economy. In fact, the entire structure of the European Union exists for the benefit of the Germans. They have sucked the wealth out of Europe’s pockets, particularly Britain. Germany for instance, loves that only the EU can negotiate trade deals, it means one country can’t do a trade deal with a non-EU country without EU agreement. And of course, Germany’s EU will never agree to any deal with a country that can provide better products than them as it would harm their precious industry. Because of this Europe relies on… Read more »

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