It’s reported that Germany will block another delay to Brexit
at the European Council unless the UK announces a second referendum or general election by October, the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee chair has warned.
“In a sign that Berlin is near the end of its tether on Brexit, Norbert Röttgen, a former minister and senior MP for Germany’s ruling CDU party, said there could be no extension to the Article 50 process unless the UK offered a concrete reason, such as a public vote.
“He also warned Tory leadership candidates against trying to “blackmail” the EU by threatening to leave with no deal unless the Brexit deal is changed”.
The UK’s trade performance has deteriorated because the single market and the customs union are designed to suit other countries, Germany in particular, but not Britain. “It is not surprising that our trade deficit with the EU continues to grow, because the single market and customs union does not represent a free trade area. It is a free trade area only in goods. Manufactured goods represent Germany’s comparative advantage, whereas ours is in services.
“We have entered into a lop-sided arrangement under which all impediments to trade have been removed from areas where our trading partners are strong but not from areas where we are strong. So obviously our overall trade deficit with them has gone on rising, and will continue to do so”.
£99billion and rising. No wonder Germany wants the UK to remain!