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Merkel and Macron WILL strike deal with Britain in swipe at EU warns Labour Brexiteer

ANGELA Merkel and Emmanuel Macron will be the key driving force in the UK securing a favourable deal with the European Union after Brexit, a Labour MP has warned.

John Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, took aim a the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at his party’s conference in Brighton on Monday.He told it would not be up to Brussels because “in the real world” Germany and France would be keen to secure favourable arrangements for all parties involved.

Mr Mann said: “I don’t think it’s going to be up to Barnier and Juncker and those bureaucrats.

“The Germans have just had their election, so Chancellor Merkel’s back in with a new French president.

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and John MannGETTY•EXPRESS

John Mann said Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel would be keen to strike a deal with the UK

I don’t think it’s going to be up to Barnier and Juncker and those bureaucrats

John Mann

“In the real world, that’s who the deals have been done with – I think pragmatism will come out, it will be tough negotiations but they will want a good trade deal, good for Germany, good for France, good for Britain. I’m confident we’ll get that.”Mr Mann then proceeded to bash the Prime Minister and her approach to Brexit so far.

He said: “We want to ensure that Theresa May doesn’t throw away some of our hard-fought hard-earned rights and also doesn’t open us up to American multinationals as opposed to European multinationals.

“What we want is investment in British industry – invest in British jobs.”

The comments come after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker added to tensions between the UK and the EU by insisting Britain would “regret” Brexit.Addressing MEPs earlier this month, he said the referendum result marked a “very sad and tragic moment” for the EU but vowed to “keep moving”.

He insisted “Brexit isn’t everything” in another savage dig at the vote to leave the bloc, which was backed by 17.4million people.

Mr Juncker said: “March 29 2019 – that will be the day when the United Kingdom will leave the EU.

“This will be a very sad and tragic moment in our history we will always regret this and I think that you will regret it as well soon if I might say.”

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