Brexit harming trade between Britain, Germany

Marcus Newton
March 15, 2018

A similar position was also made by European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker, who asked British Prime Minister Theresa May to provide further details on how the country views its future relations with Brussels.

Barnier meanwhile said a whole range of options for third-country cooperation were on the table - the European Union has previously cited trade deals of the type it has with Canada and South Korea.

"It is obvious that we need further clarity from the United Kingdom if we are to reach an understanding on our future relationship", Juncker said.

Mr. Juncker says both sides have agreed that there should be no hard border on the island of Ireland and that must be respected.

"If nerve gas was actively used against civilians in one of our member states, I believe that the European Council should, in clear terms, express its full solidarity with the British people and the British government in addressing this issue", said Timmermans, who as Dutch foreign minister accused Russian Federation of downing an airliner flying from Amsterdam over Ukraine in 2014. "For us this is not an Irish issue, it is a European issue", he said.

Juncker warned it was particularly crucial for London to clarify its plans for the sensitive issue of the Irish border.

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"You can not be part of our agencies without the legal commitment to apply European Union law and the jurisdiction of the court of justice", Barnier said.

"It's time to face up to the hard facts", he said.

Britain's CBI industry body also endorses a customs union with the EU after Brexit, as does opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Due to the sluggish process of exit negotiations, German companies increasingly expect a "hard" Brexit in which Britain leaves the single market and loses most of its now privileged access to the European Union internal market.

The European Parliament - which will have the final veto on any Brexit deal - will vote on Wednesday on a proposal to offer Britain an "association agreement" which it says would be broader than a trade deal. "That can not happen", the European Parliament's Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt told Euronews. In his words, it is now time to turn "speeches into contracts, engagements into agreements and move from speeches, common assumptions and desires for future relationships to concrete, applicable solutions". If we go for transition, we stay inside a Customs Union.

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