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Opinion: Why Germany ‘Kant’ be the UK’s perfect Brexit ally

  • Germany has good reason to maintain close trade and military ties with the UK
  • But this collides Berlin’s more fundamental belief in the sanctity of rules and EU unity
  • A pragmatic Brexit deal is more likely if Angela Merkel leads the next government

Now that Article 50 has been invoked, it is time to consider who will be sitting down to Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom – no matter what its government looks like after the June snap elections. Among the European Union’s member states, Germany is considered the most influential and the most supportive of an amicable divorce, especially when it comes to a future EU-UK trade agreement. But for various reasons, Berlin may not turn out to be the friend London is hoping for.

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Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
The Brexit talks will be shaped by “typically German” attitudes: sticking to principles and putting Europe first
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What's inside
  • Germany has good reason to maintain close trade and military ties with the UK
  • But this collides Berlin’s more fundamental belief in the sanctity of rules and EU unity
  • A pragmatic Brexit deal is more likely if Angela Merkel leads the next government
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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