Germany & # 39; warns that its food producers may not export to the UK after Brexit without a deal on fear
Germany & # 39; warns Britain that its food producers may not bother to export to the UK after a No-Deal Brexit about the fear that chaos could come across the borders & # 39;
- German exporters can & # 39; leave their UK market in the case of No Deal Brexit & # 39;
- The Foreign Ministry has reportedly warned that German food producers are afraid of border chaos
- Despite the preparations, German companies want to prevent goods from getting stuck in Dover
- Germany exports more than £ 635 million in meat and the same value in products to the UK
Germany has warned that its food producers can stop exporting to the UK in the event of a No Deal Brexit to prevent their goods from becoming entangled in possible border control delays.
A German government official has reportedly warned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at recent meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture in Berlin that food suppliers could stop deliveries across the Channel if Britain crashes out of the EU on October 31.
The threat was issued after Germany expressed its frustration about the direction the Brexit negotiations had followed in recent months, according to BuzzFeed News.
Food companies in Germany expect huge delays at the borders, especially in the port of Dover, where most of EU exports come to Great Britain.
The largest trade deficit between Great Britain and the EU is with Germany.
Trucks will be waiting in line in March 2018 for Dover. It is feared that the Channel Transition could suffer huge delays during border controls in the case of a No Deal Brexit
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Boris Johnson in Berlin this week to discuss the Brexit
In 2016, the UK imported £ 75 billion worth of goods and services from Germany, but, according to the Office for National Statistics, sold only £ 49 billion to the country.
Germany is one of the main food exporters to the UK and sells more than £ 635 million (€ 700 million) of meat each year plus the same amount of fruit and vegetables.
Approximately 14 percent of the major imports of food and beverages in Great Britain come from Germany.
Boris Johnson flew to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said that the backstop could be lifted if the UK could come up with a practical alternative within the next 30 days.
She also insisted that Germany be ready for a No Deal Brexit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the media at the Elysee Palace yesterday after meeting Angela Merkel the day before
Earlier this month, the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, representing companies in both countries, said that Germany could end up in a recession if Britain left without an agreement.
It warned that a & # 39; disorderly & # 39; exit & # 39; should be avoided under all circumstances & # 39; and would lead to thousands of job losses and cost Germany 1 percent of its GDP.
Despite preparations by Great Britain and Germany, exporters are reported to believe that delays at the border and possible tariff increases could lead food producers to leave the UK to focus on other more accessible markets.
A spokesman for the German Ministry of Agriculture told BuzzFeed: & One thing is clear: citizens and governments of the EU member states do not want a hard Brexit. But time is getting shorter. That is why the concerns of the agricultural and forestry sectors are justified. That is why we have been taking the threat of a no-deal Brexit very seriously for a long time. & # 39;
Last week it was announced that the German economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter, with fears of a recession looming in the largest economy in the euro zone.
German exports to other countries that it relies heavily on, such as China and the United States, have also suffered international trade disputes, meaning that any disruption with Britain could further aggravate the country's economy.
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