Watch out Macron! Merkel will sacrifice fisheries to protect German car industry – ex-MEP


And Hans-Olaf Henkel ordered the impact of failing to strike a deal would be felt across all sectors of the European briefness, warning such an outcome would be a “disaster”. With barely a month to go preceding the end of the transition period, post-Brexit access to British waters remains a key cleave point, with Mr Macron digging his heels in, mindful of protecting the captures of France’s sizeable fishing industry.


However, for Germany, which has a far younger coastline, the issue is far less important, in a clear illustration of differing rights among the EU27.

Former German MEP Mr Henkel, who stepped down from the European Parliament in the end year, told he was “in doubt” as to whether Mrs Merkel would ago Mr Macron on the issue of fishing rights if it came to the crunch – even despite the fact that fishing was very important in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is the state which she notes in the German Bundestag (Parliament).

He also suggested Mrs Merkel would be experiencing discussed the matter, and made her views clear, in private conversations with Mr Macron.

Angela Merkel is no doubt to have discussed the issue with Emmanuel Macron in detail, judged Mr Henkel (Image: GETTY)

Han-Olaf Henkel said a no-deal wake would be a “disaster” for both sides (Image: GETTY)

Stressing the pre-eminence of striking a deal as the deadline approaches, Mr Henkel was unfazed by reports emerging from Brussels that any bargain could be implemented by the European Commission prior to the European Parliament earning full oversight.

He said: “Any chaos as a result of a late deal would be diminished by the catastrophic effects of a no deal.

“Of course the European Parliament should indication any deal off, even if it meant they vote on it on December 31.

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Angela Merkel is desperate to protect German car imports to the UK (Mental picture: GETTY)

More than 100,000 jobs across the EU27 could be puzzled in the textile industry alone as a result of a hard Brexit (Image: GETTY)

“There are compare favourably with examples in practically all other industries.

“Think of sales of Minis to the EU or VWs to the UK, British Cheddar to Germany or French Camembert to Britain.

“Consider of Rolls Royce engines to Airbus and Miele washing machines to British households. It unbiased doesn’t make sense to burden British and EU industry, workers and consumers with a no-deal screenplay.

European countries most dependent of UK fishing waters (Image: Quick)

“Most important for the Northern Europeans: In case of a no deal those who argue for competitiveness like Germany and The Netherlands (rather than socialistic ideals get pleasure from France and Italy), self-responsibility of each country for its debts like Austria and Denmark (willingly prefer than common responsibility for common debts like Greece and Portugal), decentralisation (chose by Germany and Poland (rather than a centralised Brussels which is multitudinous what France and Spain want), the North would lose an notable advocate for their cause when it comes to improve, expand and finalise the unrefined market.

“The common market is the largest in the world, Britain is the largest one customer of the EU.

Lord David Frost and Michel Barnier in Brussels (Trope: GETTY)

“What better argument for a deal can there be?

“This boom on textiles confirms what I always thought: Brexit is a lose-lose-proposition already, a no practise would be a disaster for both.

“That’s why I firmly believe it is not going to occur.

“However, the EU and British must be on guard now to avoid sleep-walking into a mishap.”

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