Worried Merkel pleads for Brexit deal with close UK ties as Germany nears recession

Worried Merkel pleads for Brexit deal with close UK ties as Germany nears recession

The German Chancellor wants to ensure Britain’s future trading relationship with the European Union remains a “close partnership” after Brexit. She

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The German Chancellor wants to ensure Britain’s future trading relationship with the European Union remains a “close partnership” after Brexit. She reiterated her stance after meeting with fellow EU leader, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. They both insisted a Brexit deal with a close future partnership is their desired outcome of the negotiations.

Ms Merkel yesterday said: “We have, of course, spoken about Britain’s exit from the European Union and this regard made clear that we want a withdrawal that will at the same time yield a close partnership between Britain and EU member states.”

Boris Johnson is expected to meet his German counterpart in the coming days ahead of the G7 summit.

The Prime Minister will also likely hold more talks with Ms Merkel as he makes his debut on the world stage in the French seaside town of Biarritz.

French President and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will also be in attendance and expecting to meet Mr Johnson.

Brexit talks are currently deadlocked while the Prime Minister refuses to hold substantial talks with Brussels until the controversial Northern Ireland backstop is abolished.

Germany current views no-deal Brexit the most likely outcome on October 31, according to the country’s finance ministry.

A leaked document suggested that there are no expectations a deal on the future relationship will also be ready by the time Britain leaves the EU.

Chances of no deal were placed at “highly likely” because of Mr Johnson’s ongoing demand to scrap the backstop, according to the memo.

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“It’s very mild, but also at the same time, not a very strong performance,” he added.

German businesses have often claimed no-deal Brexit is a key concern for the country’s economy.

The UK is Germany’s third biggest export market in Europe and fifth globally, amounting to a total of £75 billion of goods in 2018.

Small and medium firms have described the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal as a “major ingredient” in a “toxic cocktail” that is the current global trading climate.

Marc Tenbieg at the German Mittelstand Association told the Telegraph: “It is a tragedy for both sides of the Channel that a functioning and well-established market and trade structures have been jeopardised by poor political decision-making.”

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