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Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:00

Germany and France start to draw up no-deal Brexit contingency plans

Germany and France start to draw up no-deal Brexit contingency plans

Germany and France are starting to step up their preparations for a no-deal Brexit even though both publicly insist an agreement with the UK over the terms of its departure from the EU can still be achieved.

Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel revealed for the first time on Wednesday that Germany was drawing up contingency plans, saying the government had started making “suitable preparations” for the possibility of Britain leaving with no accord, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to The Guardian.

France has published a draft bill that would allow the government to introduce new legal measures to avoid or mitigate the consequences of a hard Brexit by emergency decree, as opposed to parliamentary vote, within 12 months of the law being passed.

Merkel said a no-deal Brexit would bring with it “a whole array of questions, such as how, the day after Brexit, do we manage the estimated 100,000 British citizens who, in some cases, have been living in Germany for years.”

According to Merkel, her government was equally concerned about the thousands of German citizens living in the UK, as well as German businesses operating there, and how they could be prevented “from facing any disadvantages”.

Merkel said the negotiations with Britain had been intense but had demonstrated goodwill on both sides, despite what she called the “unfortunate” lack of breakthrough over the Irish border question. She said it had to be clear to all sides that once out of the EU, Britain could not expect to have the same rights as EU members. “There always needs to be, and there will be, a difference between having membership of the European Union and a partnership with the EU as a third party,” Merkel said.

French Channel ports, as well as passenger and freight transporters, are already planning for a no-deal Brexit, which France’s draft bill said would result in “the reinstating of formalities/controls on goods and passengers to and from the UK”.

More details: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/17/france-says-britons-could-need-visa-to-visit-after-no-deal-brexit

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

 

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