‘You’re a shambles, Merkel!’ German leader warned 750,000 jobs on line over Brexit stance

Monday, July 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel’s administration was today branded a shambles over Brexit as industry leaders warned 750,000 manufacturing jobs face the axe due to her negotiating stance.

By NICK GUTTERIDGE, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT
Express.co.uk
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Political opponents ripped into the German chancellor, saying businesses were “very concerned” by her approach and bemoaning that in Berlin “nobody is in charge” of directing the divorce talks towards a good result.

Mrs Merkel was accused of attempting to “humiliate” Britain by pushing for a punitive deal and of ignoring top industry figures who fear the economic fallout from such a strategy.

The blistering broadside came from two senior figures in the German Free Democrats (FDP), which is currently set for a crucial role as kingmaker when the next coalition government is formed in September.

Germany, along with other member states, has shaped Europe’s conditions for the ongoing divorce talks with the UK but has handed over control of all the heavy lifting to the Jean-Claude Juncker’s EU Commission.

As a result the chancellor has largely been reluctant to talk about Britain’s decision to leave, preferring to focus instead on completing the crumbling eurozone with further federalisation.

But now dissension against that stance is starting to grow with the implications of a no-deal Brexit, and the possibility of tariffs being imposed on German exports, causing concern amongst employers.

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