ANGELA Merkel yesterday hailed MPs who voted to force the PM into asking for another Brexit delay, saying they have reduced the risk of no deal.
The German Chancellor met Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin – and praised Remainers who backed the Cooper-Letwin amendment as they vowed to fight until the “last hour” to stop a crash out.
German Chancellor and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met in Dublin on Thursday[/caption]
She said: “We’re following this with great interest and we hope this will open up possibilities of an orderly Brexit.
“It’s an important message there’s a vast majority in the Commons that wants to avoid a disorderly Brexit without a deal, and this is my starting point.”
The Irish PM added: “The decision of the Commons on a number of occasions now to vote against a no deal outcome is significant.
“Parliament is sovereign and expresses the will of the British people which is that they don’t want to leave without a deal.
“That is significant and very helpful and makes an orderly Brexit much more likely.”
On an extension, he added: “We need to be patient and understanding of the predicament that they’re in.
“Of course any further extension must require and must have a credible and realistic way forward.”
The pair were speaking after meeting in Dublin yesterday to discuss how Ireland will cope if the UK leaves without an agreement.
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Mr Varadkar was forced to admit there will be checks in such a scenario and it is “not possible to have a clear plan” for how events will pan out.
The German leader’s trip came amid fears in Berlin that Ireland has not done enough to prepare for a UK crash out next Friday.
Senior EU officials have warned that Ireland will be required by law to implement the bloc’s full customs code from day one of a no deal Brexit.
Germany in slump
GERMANY’S economy is suffering a manufacturing slump amid fears of a No Deal Brexit.
Experts yesterday slashed growth forecasts by more than half from 1.9 per cent to 0.8.
They warned if Britain leaves the EU with no agreement, it could get worse.
Arch-Brexiteers here said it proved German leader Angela Merkel needed a deal.
Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “We should maximise our negotiating leverage rather than rolling over again.”
After talks with Irish PM Leo Varadkar on breaking the deadlock, Mrs Merkel said: “I can say this for the German side — we will do everything to prevent a No Deal Brexit.”
Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman told The Sun: “Mrs Merkel will want to ensure 1.5 million German jobs are protected by proper access to the UK market.
“A No Deal Brexit could tip Germany into a deep recession.” Stocks also wobbled in Italy.
- By Nick Gutteridge and Tracey Boles
The German Chancellor praised Remainers who backed the Cooper-Letwin amendment[/caption]
Mrs Merkel and Mr Varadkar find plenty to smile about at their Brexit talks[/caption]
The pair speaking after talks on how Ireland will cope if the UK leaves without a deal[/caption]
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