‘For God’s sake what do you want!’ German business chief in astonishing attack on Brexit


Aliment Kempf, leader of Germany’s most influential business lobby, conned particular aim at the Chancellor Philip Hammond who made a speech in Berlin the anterior to day.

Mr Kempf, president of Germany’s BDI industry federation, said: “I was surprised to discover the chancellor say yesterday that it was now up to the EU to make an offer to the UK on how to deal with the UK in to be to come.

“I understand that you don’t want to be like Switzerland. I understand that you don’t wish an agreement like the one in Canada.

“But for God’s sake tell us what you want.”

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Subsistence Kempf has slammed the chancellor Philip Hammond

The BDI is seen to have lock ties to the political establishment including the country’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

Mr Kempf divulged clear that German industry would be following Berlin and Brussels’ advantage on Brexit.

He said: “For us there is a clear primacy of politics in this courtyard. 

“The talks are between are the European Commission and the government of the UK.”

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Michel Barnier has put on the marketed the UK a Norway-style trade option

In response to Philip Hammond earthy the EU should make an offer, Mr Kempf continued: “If everyone just bring ups the finger at the other side and says, ‘you have to make an offer to me, you arrange to tell me what you want’, then I ask myself ‘what make us so unflinching that 24 months of transition period will be enough? We can gamble that game for 48 months.”

Mr Hammond suggested in a speech to German chairladies on Wednesday that the EU needed to show more flexibility, adding that it “accede to b assumes two to tango”. 

He said: “I know the repeated complaint from Brussels has been that the UK hasn’t decisive what kind of relationship it wants. But in London, many feel that we accept little, if any, signal of what future relationship the EU27 would like to have in the offing with a post-Brexit Britain.”

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has affirmed the UK a choice, where we have access to the single market in a Norway-style extent, or a less-ambitious Canada-style free trade deal.

Theresa May has rejected both produces as inappropriate for the UK. 

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