The German government memo, dated June 15, reveals that Angela Merkel doesn’t believe an agreement will be found next month, like suggested by Boris Johnson. “From September, the negotiations enter a hot phase,” the document, obtained by Reuters, said. “Britain is already escalating threats in Brussels, wants to settle as much as possible in the shortest possible time and hopes to achieve last-minute success in the negotiations.”
The German Foreign Office confirmed that no deal planning should be increased because of Britain’s refusal to extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond the end of the year.
The document added: “It is therefore important to preserve the unity of the 27, to continue to insist of parallel progress i all areas and to make it clear there will be no agreement at any price.
“Therefore, both national and European contingency planning would now have to start in order to be prepared for no deal 2.0.”
Despite its grave warning, Germany does not believe the threat of no deal would be as perilous as it was during the bitter wrangling over the UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.
The memo reads: “The situation is less serious than in 2019, as important regulations, for example for citizens, were sorted in the Withdrawal Agreement.”
Published at Wed, 17 Jun 2020 10:55:00 +0000